For those seeking added language and learning support prior to starting the undergraduate program, Fulbright has a seven-week Bridge Program that runs the summer prior to the start of classes.
For those of you who participate, you will work with our outstanding faculty and staff to prepare for the start of your first-year academic experience.
Following the American tradition, you will begin your studies at Fulbright by building a breadth of knowledge and skills through an interdisciplinary core of liberal arts, science and engineering courses.
Each of the eight courses in Fulbright’s core program has been uniquely co-designed to blend a set of disciplines around an important way of thinking about the world.
Many of the core courses also incorporate important Vietnamese perspectives and ideas. Further, the core program has you develop a basic mastery of key skills — Fulbright’s eight competencies.
- Critical Inquiry (counts for 2 courses) — This course introduces students to the Fulbright way of learning (e.g., active, experiential, and transdisciplinary learning) with “inquiry” as a key principle presented through engagement with natural sciences and social sciences.
- Rhetoric — This course introduces students to the theoretical underpinnings of rhetoric while encouraging them to apply those fundamental principles in both academic and external contexts.
- Vietnamese Studies — This course examines the social, cultural, economic, and political development of Vietnam since the nineteenth century.
- Creating and Making — This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of design thinking and the design process through a hands-on project.
- Logic and Limitations — This course addresses the uses and limits of logic in answering some of life’s bigger questions and mysteries.
- Visual Culture — This course provides students from a variety of backgrounds and interests, including potential art and non-art majors, with an introduction to the basic elements of aesthetic theory, art history, and artistic techniques, with a particular eye to understanding how these relate to the status of contemporary Vietnamese art.
- Ethics and Moral Philosophy — This course explores how philosophers have answered such questions as, “what makes for a good life?”, “what makes for a good person?”, “how do we know right from wrong?”. Students are given the opportunities to deeply read classical philosophical texts and contemplate morality and ethics both in general, and in 21st century Vietnam.
Next, in preparation for further study you will deepen your knowledge and skills through specific streams of courses.
A stream is a set of three related courses in a particular academic area that links the breadth of the core to the depth of the major. Streams provide you with the key tools for more focused learning in Fulbright’s major areas.
List of Streams:
- Arts: Theory, History and Production — prerequisite for the Arts major area.
- Humanities: Texts and Contexts — prerequisite for the Humanities major area.
- Social Science: Studying People — prerequisite for the Social Science major area.
- Natural Science: Matter and Life — prerequisite for the Natural Science and selectively for the Engineering major area.
- Mathematical Science — prerequisite for the Natural Science and Mathematics and Computing major areas, and selectively for the Engineering major area.
- Computing: Understanding the World through Computation — prerequisite for the Mathematics and Computing, and selectively for Engineering major area.
- Engineering — prerequisite for the Engineering major area.
Building from your stream courses, you will choose a major from six major areas: Social Science, Natural Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, Arts, Humanities, or Engineering.
Within these majors, you will pursue a focused topic of interest and complete a set of major courses under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
The major will conclude with a final capstone project where you get to put your knowledge and skills in action.
Read more on Majors here.
Electives and Additional Opportunities
In the spirit of the liberal arts tradition, you will have the opportunity to take elective courses not necessarily in the area of your major.
Electives allow you to study things of your interest, to become a well-rounded thinker.
You will also have the opportunity to study out of the classroom in experiential learning opportunities, including potentially studying for a period of time at a partner institution.
To prepare you for a rapidly evolving future, Fulbright’s curriculum develops you as an adaptive thinker.
Your learning at Fulbright begins with a core of interdisciplinary courses, followed by focused study in streams, and then ultimately to a self-adapted major.
Electives, experiential learning opportunities, and a capstone project round out your Fulbright education, providing you with a personalized experience of broad and deep learning.
By building from a base of ideas and skills to mastery in a specific area, Fulbright provides you with the best preparation for a changing world: learning how to learn.