Academic Catalog 2016–2017

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Freshman Program

Freshman students admitted to bachelor of arts programs are considered ‘Freshman Arts’ students, while those admitted to bachelor of science programs are considered ‘Freshman Science’ students. However, freshman students in Graphic Design, Interior Design or Business majors can elect to complete either set of requirements.

Program Objective

The Freshman Year program prepares students to pursue higher education within the requirements defined by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Curriculum

Students admitted prior to 2014-2015 must follow the previous freshman program.

Freshman Arts (30 required credits in total)

Required Core Courses (10 cr)

  • ENG101 Academic English I (3 cr)1
  • ENG102 Academic English II (3 cr)1
  • BUS105 Business Mathematics (3 cr) or MTH111 Basic Mathematics (3 cr)2
  • POL230 Citizenship (1 cr)

1 Placement in an English course is dependent on an English entrance exam results (SAT, TOEFL, etc):
Students starting with ENG009 take all other English courses listed in this Program.
Students placed into ENG102 compensate for credits by taking an additional course from the Humanities and Social Sciences Courses or from the Elective Courses listed below.
Students placed into upper level English courses compensate for credits by taking two additional courses form the Humanities/Social Sciences courses listed below or by taking one course from the Humanities/Social Sciences courses list and another from the Elective Courses listed below.

2 BUS105 is required for students planning to join the School of Business. If a student has already taken and passed MTH101, he or she will be exempted from BUS105 and MTH111.

Science Courses (minimum 3 cr)

  • BIO101 Introduction to Biological Science (4 cr)
  • PHY101 Introduction to Physical Science (4 cr)
  • CHM101 General Chemistry (4 cr)

Humanities and Social Sciences Courses (minimum 9 cr)

Humanities (minimum 3 cr)

  • ARA101 Arabic Essay Reading and Writing I (3 cr)
  • HST101 20th Century History of Lebanon and the Region (3 cr)
  • PHL101 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr)

Social Sciences (minimum 3 cr)

  • ECO101 Survey of Economics (3 cr)
  • BUS101 Introduction to Business (3 cr)
  • POL101 Introduction to Politics (3 cr)
  • PSY101 Psychology for All (3 cr)
  • SOC101 Sociology and Society (3 cr)

Elective Courses (0 - 7 cr)

  • MUS101 Music History (3 cr)
  • ART102 Art Appreciation (3 cr)1
  • POL237 Basics of Leadership (1 cr)
  • POL235 Basics of Conflict Resolution and Transformation (1 cr)

1 or PFA101 Appreciation of Performing Arts (3 cr)

Freshman Science (30 required credits in total)

Required Core Courses (12 cr)

1 Placement in an English course is dependent on an English entrance exam results (SAT, TOEFL, etc):
Students starting with ENG009 take all other English courses listed in this Program.
Students placed into ENG102 compensate for credits by taking an additional course from the Humanities and Social Sciences Courses or the Elective Courses listed below.
Students placed into upper level English courses compensate for credits by taking two additional courses form the Humanities/Social Sciences courses listed below or by taking one course from the Humanities/Social Sciences courses list and another from the Elective Courses listed below.

Required Science Core Courses (minimum 11 cr)

  • PHY111 Mechanics (4 cr)
  • CHM101 General Chemistry (4 cr)
  • BIO101 Introduction to Biological Sciences (4 cr)

Humanities and Social Sciences Courses (minimum 6 cr)

Humanities (minimum 3 cr)

  • ARA101 Arabic Essay Reading and Writing I (3 cr)
  • HST101 20th Century History of Lebanon and the Region (3 cr)
  • PHL101 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr)

Social Sciences (minimum 3 cr)

  • ECO101 Survey of Economics (3 cr)
  • BUS101 Introduction to Business (3 cr)
  • POL101 Introduction to Politics (3 cr)
  • PSY101 Psychology for All (3 cr)
  • SOC101 Sociology and Society (3 cr)

Elective Courses (0 - 4 cr)

  • MUS101 Music History (3 cr)
  • ART102 Art Appreciation (3 cr)1
  • POL230 Citizenship (1 cr)
  • POL235 Basics of Conflict Resolution and Transformation (1 cr)
  • POL237 Basic of Leadership (1 cr)

1 or PFA101 Appreciation of Performing Arts (3 cr)