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Civilization Sequence Program
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The Civilization Studies Program is a unit of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Its objective is to provide a coherent foundation in the formative ideas of, primarily, Near Eastern and Western civilization; it also offers supplementary courses which draw on individual faculty expertise. The Civilization Studies Program emphasizes the importance of student engagement with primary texts, the critical analysis of ideas in oral and written discussion, the encouragement of cross-disciplinary interests, and an appreciation of diverse cultural values. The academic traditions of free inquiry, assessment of sources, and articulate argumentation are central to the mission of the program. The program fosters close collaboration and development in all areas of the humanities, by extending its own offerings in multidisciplinary and thematic studies, and by ensuring that students from all sectors of the University have maximum opportunity to choose courses from a wide variety of disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. While enlarging opportunity for choice, the program provides orientation to the basic texts, ideas, and traditions that have shaped the modern world and consciousness of it.
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Mission Statement
The mission of the Civilization Studies Program is to provide undergraduate courses in the humanities that support the American University of Beirut's goals in general education and the advancement of knowledge. Civilization Studies Program is committed to engaging students from all the faculties of the University in the study of primary texts. The three major goals of the Program are to develop critical skills and creative, flexible thinking; to promote an awareness of different civilizations; and to uphold dialogue as an essential skill for life.
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Civilization Studies Program
American University of Beirut
P.O. Box 11-0236
Riad El Solh,
Beirut 1107 2020

Tel: 961-1-350000, 340460, 374444, and 374374 ext. 4020/21
Fax: 961-1-744461

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