American Univesity of Beirut

Civilization Studies Program (CVSP)

​Director:
​Nadia Bou Ali
Professors:El-Bizri, Nader; Hout, Syrine S.; Jarrar, Maher Z.
Associate Professors:Fugate, Courtney; Harb, Sirene H.; Nassar, Christopher S.
Assistant Professors:Bou Ali, Nadia; Goodfield, Eric
Lecturers:Baassiri, Mahmoud; Bualuan, Hayat H.; El Amm,
Charbel.; Fayad, Zeina; Korangy, Alireza; Kozah,
Mario
Instructors:Arasoghli, Aida A.; PGarro El-Khoury, Joelle; Hassan, Hani R.; PNassrallah, Tony ; Sinjab, Nisreen
Visiting Instructors:Astrid; Yu, Fen


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. CVSP 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 of life.

Requirements

According to the General Education requirements at AUB, all students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are required to take a total of 12 credits in the humanities.

A minimum of 6 credits of those 12 must be taken from CVSP courses 201-208. Students must complete one course from each of the following two sequences; that is, one course from Sequence I and to be followed prior to graduation by one course from Sequence II. Any Sequence I course is prerequisite for all Sequence II courses.

Sequence I

  • CVSP 201 (every term): Ancient Near East and Classical Civilizations (3 hrs.)
  • CVSP 202 (every term): Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations (3 hrs.)
  • CVSP 205 (every term): Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations (3 hrs.)
  • CVSP 207 (annually): Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations (Thematic) (3 hrs.)

Sequence II

  • CVSP 203 (every term): Enlightenment and Modernity (3 hrs.)
  • CVSP 204 (every term): Contemporary Studies (3 hrs.)
  • CVSP206 (annually): Modern and Contemporary Studies (3 hrs.)
  • CVSP 208 (annually): Modern and Contemporary Studies (Thematic) (3 hrs.)

The remaining 6 credits may be taken by choosing any two courses from the approved list of General Education humanities courses offered in FAS departments/programs.

The following CVSP courses are included among the General Education humanities courses: CVSP 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 212, 215, 216, 217, 250 and 251.

The following CVSP courses are not included among the General Education humanities courses: CVSP 230, FREN 201, 202, CHIN 201, 202, 203.

Explanation

Students are required to take a Sequence I course before taking a Sequence II course. This is because acquaintance with basic intellectual elements from the epochs covered in Sequence I courses will help students in understanding elements covered in Sequence II.

Moreover, successfully completing a Sequence I course allows students to take any other CVSP course.

Students must have sophomore status or above to take a Sequence I course and junior status to take a Sequence II course.

Sequence I and Sequence II courses may not be taken simultaneously unless a Sequence I course has already been completed.

Restrictions

  • CVSP 205 overlaps with 201 and 202. Thus, CVSP 205 cannot be taken if the student has taken either 201 or 202, and vice versa.
  • CVSP 206 overlaps with 203 and 204. Thus, CVSP 206 cannot be taken if the student has taken either 203 or 204, and vice versa.

The above restrictions do not apply to CVSP 207 and 208, as they do not overlap with any other core course (201-206).

Prerequisites

  • ENGL 102 or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all CVSP courses numbered 200 and above, ENGL 203 or ENGL 204 are co-requisites for CVSP courses from sequence I.
  • Students in the Freshman class may not enroll in CVSP courses numbered 201–208. For all other CVSP courses numbered 200 and above, freshman students may only enroll after the consent of the course instructor.

Sequence I and Sequence II Course Offerings


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