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Liberal Arts Curriculum

The Liberal Arts Curriculum offers students a selection of courses in a variety of subjects that aim to complement their major of study and to broaden their intellectual exposure. The Liberal Arts Curriculum is divided into a core of required courses, and a wide selection of electives in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences.

The Liberal Arts Curriculum consists of:

A.    Required Core Courses (6 credits)

B.    Elective Courses (remainder credits according to program- see specific program requirements below)

Specific Program Requirements:

  • For a B.A. degree, a total of 60 post-Freshman credits of LAC is required, including the 6 core credits. The 54 remaining credits are to be taken from the list of courses in section B, according to the specific program guidelines.
  • For a B.S. in Nursing, a total of 37 post-Freshman credits of LAC is required, including the 6 core credits. The remaining 31 credits are to be taken from the list of courses in section B, according to the specific program guidelines.
  • For a 3-year B.S. degree, a total of 30 post-Freshman credits of LAC is required, including the 6 core credits. The remaining 24 credits are to be taken from the list of courses in section B, according to the specific program guidelines.
  • For a 4-year B.S. degree, the total number of required post-Freshman credits of LAC is 45, including the 6 core credits. The remaining 39 credits are to be taken from the list of courses in section B, according to the specific program guidelines.
  • For a BFA/ B.E./ B. Arch. degree, a total of 18 post-Freshman credits of LAC is required, including the 6 core course credits. The remaining 12 credits can be taken from the list of courses in section B, according to the specific program guidelines.

A.  Required Courses (6 credits)

  • ENG202 Advanced Academic English (3 cr.)
  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)

B.  Elective Courses

The Liberal Arts Electives are organized under 3 general categories. Selection of electives from these categories is subject to the criteria specific to each program.

1. Arts & Humanities:

  • English:
  • ENG211  Literature I  (3 cr.)
  • ENG212  Literature II  (3 cr.)
  • ENG216  Introduction to Literature  (3 cr.)
  • ENG323  Renaissance Drama   (3 cr.)
  • ENG324  Medieval Literature  (3 cr.)
  • ENG325  Renaissance Poetry  (3 cr.)
  • ENG326  Restoration and Neoclassical Literature  (3 cr.)
  • ENG328  Early Novel  (3 cr.)
  • ENG336  Romantic and Victorian Poetry   (3 cr.)
  • ENG339  19th-Century British Novel  (3 cr.)
  • ENG342  Modernism and Beyond  (3 cr.)
  • ENG345  The 20th-Century British Novel  (3 cr.)
  • ENG346  Contemporary Culture  (3 cr.)
  • ENG348  Postcolonial Anglophone Literatures   (3 cr.)
  • ENG351  Early American Literature  (3 cr.)
  • ENG352  20th-Century American Novel   (3 cr.)
  • ENG354  Theories of Literature and Culture  (3 cr.)
  • ENG372  Comparative and World Literatures  (3 cr.)
  • ENG479  Topics in Literature and Culture  (3 cr.)
  • Fine Arts:
  • FND281 Design Culture (3 cr.)
  • ARC371/ DES371  History of Architecture I   (3 cr.)
  • ARC375/ DES375  Introduction to Islamic Art (650-1650) (3 cr.)
  • ARC376/ DES376  Introduction to Islamic Architecture (650-1650)  (3 cr.)
  • ART331  History of Art I  (3 cr.)
  • ART332  History of Art II  (3 cr.)
  • ART335  Islamic Art of the Middle East  (3 cr.)
  • ART431  Modern Art  (3 cr.)
  • Communication Arts:
  • JSC312  Media and Society  (3 cr.)
  • TVF221 Art of Film  (3 cr.)
  • Arabic Language & Literature:
  • ARA303  Arabic Grammar and Syntax  (3 cr.)
  • ARA310  Classical Arabic Rhetoric and Literary Criticism  (3 cr.)
  • ARA313  Creative Writing  (3 cr.)
  • ARA320  Pre-Islamic and Umayyad Poetry  (3 cr.)
  • ARA323  Abbasid Poetry  (3 cr.)
  • ARA324  Andalusian Literature  (3 cr.)
  • ARA325  Classical Prose  (3 cr.)
  • ARA330  Lebanese Literary Heritage  (3 cr.)
  • ARA341  Modern Arabic Novel and Short Story  (3 cr.)
  • ARA342  Arabic Drama  (3 cr.)
  • ARA343  Modern Arabic Poetry  (3 cr.)
  • ARA344  Trends in Modern Literature  (3 cr.)
  • Music Appreciation:
  • PFA211  Survey of Western Music  (3 cr.)
  • PFA212  Survey of Middle Eastern Music  (3 cr.)
  • Philosophy:
  • PHL204  Modern Philosophy  (3 cr.)
  • PHL301  Ethics  (3 cr.)
  • PHL302 Theory of Knowledge  (3 cr.)
  • PHL303  Metaphysics  (3 cr.)
  • PHL311  Philosophy of Religion  (3 cr.)
  • PHL324 Philosophy of Science  (3 cr.)
  • Religion:
  • REL312  Interpretation of Religious Literature  (3 cr.)
  • REL411  Myth and Ritual  (3 cr.)
  • REL412  History of Religious Thought in the Middle East  (3 cr.)
  • REL413  Representatives of Christian Thought in the Modern Period (3 cr.)
  • REL414  Representatives of Islamic Thought in the Modern Period (3 cr.)
  • Theater:
  • PFA242  Art of Theater  (3 cr.)
  • PFA249  Theater in Lebanon and the Arab World  (3 cr.)
  • PFA252  Lebanese Musical Theater (3 cr.)

2.     Natural sciences and Mathematics:

  • Natural sciences:
  • AST200  Introduction to Astronomy  (3 cr.)
  • BIO200/ BIO209 Basic Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIO201  General Biology I  (3 cr.)
  • BIO202  General Biology II  (3 cr.)
  • CHM200/ CHM209 Essentials of Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHM201  Chemical Principles  (3 cr.)
  • CHM202  Analytical Chemistry  (3 cr.)
  • ENV200  Introduction to Environmental Science  (3 cr.)
  • NUT201  Fundamentals of Human Nutrition  (3 cr.)
  • Mathematics:
  • MTH201  Calculus III  (3 cr.)
  • MTH206  Calculus IV  (3 cr.)
  • MTH207  Discrete Structures I  (3 cr.)
  • Computer Science:
  • CSC241  Introduction to Computing  (3 cr.)
  • CSC480 Social and Professional Issues in Computing (3 cr.)

3.     Social sciences:

  • CST201  Cultural Studies I  (3 cr.)
  • CST202  Cultural Studies II  (3 cr.)
  • CST203  Cultural Studies III  (3 cr.)
  • ECO201  Microeconomics  (3 cr.)
  • ECO202  Macroeconomics  (3 cr.)
  • HST221  The Ancient World, Greece and Rome  (3 cr.)
  • HST231  History of Lebanon, from the Imarah to the 1975-1990 War   (3 cr.)
  • HST240  History of the Arab Peoples  (3 cr.)
  • HST242  Europe and the Middle East (1798 – 1956)  (3 cr.)
  • HST302  Medieval Europe 1066-1453  (3 cr.)
  • HST303  Early Modern Europe 1450-1750  (3 cr.)
  • PJE201  Cross-cultural Communication for Peace  (3 cr.)
  • POL201  Introduction to Political Science  (3 cr.)
  • POL231  Introduction to Human Rights  (3 cr.)
  • PSY201  Introduction to Psychology  (3 cr.)
  • PSY202  Child Psychology  (3 cr.)
  • PSY335  Industrial Organizational Psychology  (3 cr.)
  • SOC201  Introduction to Sociology  (3 cr.)
  • SOC215  Introduction to Gender Studies  (3 cr.)
  • SOC321  Sociology of the Arab World  (3 cr.)
  • SWO311  Social Problems  (3 cr.)
  • WOS311  Issues and Debates in Feminist Theory  (3 cr.)
  • WOS313  Women in the Arab World: Sociological Perspectives  (3 cr.)
  • WOS412  Representations of Women in the Arts and the Media  (3 cr.)