Welcome!The Department of History and Archaeology has a distinguished reputation for academic excellence in research and education. Departmental courses are taught by faculty members who have all contributed to their fields in the way of original research. The work conducted through the department has widened the scope of understanding about local and regional society and civilization.The department offers BA, MA and PhD degrees in Arab and Middle Eastern history and BA and MA in Archaeology. The curriculum is student oriented, offering a wide array of course work from broad historical topics to in-depth studies.Requirements to transfer to the department include the approval of the department and a grade of 70 or more in any two humanities courses, excluding communication skills requirements in Arabic and English. Students expecting to work in Arab history must also have knowledge of Arabic. PhD candidates may require knowledge of additional languages.
Archaeology at AUB is founded on a rich departmental history stemming from a myriad of archaeological resources. The Lebanese landscape is covered with archaeological sites, both excavated and pristine. The country covers one of the most intensely studied areas in the world of archaeological research. For this reason, AUB has been central to the study of the ancient Near East for over a century, and continues to work at the forefront of archaeological fieldwork.
The experienced faculty of archaeology has been involved in research and excavation on a scale beyond compare, spanning millennia of Near Eastern history and providing a strong base for a multitude of student interests. The current excavations at Tell Burak have been incorporated into student research involving international collaboration. The departmental participation in the historic excavations of the Beirut Central District, as well as the salvage excavation of Tell Fadous-Kfarabida, illustrates the faculty's eagerness to conserve the archaeological heritage of Lebanon.