American University of Beirut

Department of English

Chairperson:Currell, David
Professors:Choueiri, Lina G.; Hout, Syrine C.; Mejcher-Atassi, Sonja; Myers, Robert E.; Shaaban, Kassim A.
Associate Professors:Currell, David; Gonsalves, Joshua D.; Harb, Sirène H.; Mehmood Ali, Tariq; Zenger, Amy A.
Assistant Professors:Avant, Doyle R.; Maude, Kathryn R.
Lecturers:Rantisi, Rima; Sfeir, Maya
Instructor:Baalbaki, Rula

Communication Skills Program

Director of Communication Skills:Khoury, Malakeh
Assistant Director of Communication Skils:Fleszar, Dorota
Full-time Instructors: Al-Sayyed, Amany; Deeb, Rima; Fleszar, Dorota;  Hodeib, Heba; Iskandarani, Rima; Jaber, Nagham; Johnson, Ryan; Khoury, Malakeh; Kodeih, Rabab; Maktabi, Sawsan; Mehio,Marwa; Mikati, May; Moughabghab, Emma; Riman, Soha; Shadid, Rima; Zantout, Lana
Part-time Instructors:Awada, Ghada

Department Course Offerings

The English Department offers courses in English language, English literature, literature in translation, visual and digital culture, and creative writing. The department also offers communication skills courses which are part of the university general education requirements.

Undergraduate Degrees

The English Department offers two undergraduate degree programs: the BA in English Literature and the BA in English Language.

Degree Requirements

A BA degree in Language or Literature requires 90 credits for students entering their major as sophomores. The distribution requirements for these credits are explained in the following sections.

Major Courses

39 credits in courses listed under Literature (BA in English Literature) or Language (BA in English Language), with no more than 6 credits in the form of creative writing courses (i.e. ENGL 239, ENGL 264, ENGL 297, or courses in the range ENGL 249-254).

English Literature BA Course Requirements

The requirements

for Literature majors are as follows:

  • ENGL 205 English Literature I
  • ENGL 207 English Literature II
  • ENGL 209 Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL 212 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 221 Introduction to Literary Theory
  • ENGL 229 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 238 Academic Writing for English Majors
  • One comparative literature course chosen from ENGL 240-243
  • ENGL 292 Capstone Seminar, which must be taken in the senior year.
  • Four additional courses chosen from among those numbered ENGL 210 to 297, excluding 293.

The recommended sequence

for Literature majors is:

  • ENGL 203 at the earliest opportunity
  • ENGL 205, ENGL 207, ENGL 209, and ENGL 229 in the first year of study
  • ENGL 221 preferably in the second year, and only after completing ENGL 203
  • ENGL 238 in the immediate next term after taking ENGL 204
  • ENGL 292 must be taken in the senior year

English Language BA Course Requirements

The requirements

for Language majors are as follows:

  • ENGL 227 Introduction to Language
  • ENGL 228 Phonetics
  • ENGL 229 History of English Language
  • ENGL 230 Language in Society or ENGL 232 Language Acquisition
  • ENGL 238 Academic Writing for English Majors
  • ENGL 231 English Grammar or ENGL 294 Special Topics in Grammar
  • Three additional courses chosen from among the department’s Language offerings.
  • ENGL 212 Shakespeare
  • Two courses chosen from ENGL 205 English Literature I, ENGL 207 English Literature II and ENGL 209 Survey of American Literature.
  • One additional course can be chosen from among the department course offerings, including creative writing courses.

Teaching Diploma Courses

Both Literature and Language majors may also take courses leading to the teaching diploma. The requirements for the teaching diploma are specified under the Department of Education catalogue section.

University General Education Requirements

The General Education requirements are Understanding Communication - English (6 credits), Understanding Communication - Arabic (3 credits), Cultures and Histories (9 credits), Human Values (3 credits), Societies and Individuals (6 credits), Understanding the World and Quantitative Reasoning (9 credits with at least 3 credits from each), and Community Engaged Learning (3 credits).

At least one of the courses from Cultures and Histories or Human Values should be from the History of Ideas: CHLA. At least one course from your degree requirements (except Understanding Communication) should cover the theme of Social Inequalities (3 credits).

Requirements for Electives Outside the Department

These requirements include 15 credits of free electives to be taken outside the course offerings in the department. Courses may be chosen from General Education offerings or freely from any department and Faculty outside English.

Requirements for Acceptance to English BA Programs

Students wishing to major in Language or Literature are accepted provisionally until they have achieved a grade of C+ or more in ENGL 203 (Academic English) and ENGL 204 (Advanced Academic English) and in two of the four introductory courses: ENGL 205 (English Literature I), ENGL 207 (English Literature II), ENGL 209 (Survey in American Literature) and ENGL 227 (Introduction to Language). Normally, the courses may be repeated only once.

English Minors

The department offers minors in Language, Literature, Creative Writing, Translation, Theater, and Gender Studies, an American Studies minor is housed in the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), a Film and Visual Culture minor is housed in the Department of Media Studies, and a Gaming minor is housed in the Department of Computer Science.

A minor in Literature

requires 15 credits.

Two core courses from among the following:

  • ENGL 205 English Literature I
  • ENGL 207 English Literature II
  • ENGL 209 Survey of American Literature
  • One comparative literature course from ENGL 240-243
  • And any two courses from the different categories of the literature curriculum

A minor in Language

requires 15 credits:

  • ENGL 227 Introduction to Language
  • Four other courses chosen from the department’s Language offerings

A minor in Creative Writing

requires 15 credits.

Three courses chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 239 Screenwriting
  • ENGL 249 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 250 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 251 Playwriting
  • ENGL 252 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 Cultural Writing
  • ENGL 254 Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 264 Fiction Writing for Video Games

Two 200-level courses chosen from among the following: ENGL 236, any course listed under Literature but not including those specified above, and any course in creative writing offered by the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages.

A minor in Translation

(in collaboration with the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages) requires the following:

  • ARAB 225 Translation
  • ENGL 233 Introduction to Translation

Three courses chosen from the following:

  • ARAB 211 Survey of Arabic Grammar
  • ARAB 212 Survey of Arabic Grammar
  • ARAB 226 Translation
  • ARAB 227 Arabic Linguistics
  • ARAB 228 Arabic Linguistics
  • ENGL 221 Intro to Literary Theory
  • ENGL 231 English Grammar or 294 (Advanced Topics in Grammar)
  • One comparative literature course from ENGL 240-243.
  • ENGL 247 Discourse Analysis
  • ENGL 255 Literatures in Translation - any letter(s)
  • ENGL 262 Advanced Topics in Translation – any letter(s)
  • Any course offered by the Department of English with a significant translation studies component, with approval of the chair

A minor in Theater

requires 15 credits. One of the following options, representing 6 credits, is required:

  • THTR 259 Workshop in Theater Production
  • THTR 250 Workshop in Stage Directing & THTR 258 Theater Production Practices

Remaining credits may be taken from among the following courses:

  • ARAB 240 Modern Arabic Drama
  • CHLA 212 Modern and Contemporary World Theater
  • ENGL 212 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 216 Drama
  • ENGL 251 Playwriting
  • ENGL 297 Theatrics of Gaming
  • Any course that significantly addresses theater, performance, or dramatic literature, with approval of the chair

A minor in Gender Studies

requires 15 credits from any of the following courses:

  • ENGL 234 Gender and Language
  • ENGL 258 (any letter) Gender and Sexuality
  • EPHD 334 Reproductive Health
  • HIST 262 Gender in Classical Islamic Society
  • HPCH 202 Sexuality and Public Health
  • SOAN 225 Gender and Culture
  • Special Topics, seminars, and/or course sections with emphases on Gender, Sexuality, and/or Women’s Studies – with approval of the Chair of the Department of English

Communication Skills Course Descriptions

Please check https://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/english/Commskills/Pages/Placement.aspx for placement requirements for all Communication Skills Courses.

Literature Course Descriptions

BA in English Literature: 39 Credits in English

Modes of Analysis
​Understanding Communication - English and Arabic (9)
Cultures and Histories (9), Human Values (3)​
Societies and Individuals (Min. 
Unders tanding the World,
Quantitative Reasoning
(9:3/6+3/6)

Community-Engaged Learning (3)
Lecture Courses (9+12+54+9+3)Required Arabic course (3)
Required English courses (3 or 6, based on placement): ENGL 203(3), 204(3)
Required credits in the Cultures and Histories: 9 credits and 3 credits Human Values 
Required English literature courses (18): ENGL 205, 207,209 ,212, 221; one comparative literature course chosen from ENGL 240-243
Required English language courses (3): ENGL 229 
Electives (12): four courses from among those numbered ENGL 210 to 297, excluding 293

Electives General Education (min. 6)
Understanding the World Electives (min. 6)
Quantitative Thought Electives General Education (min. 3)

Required (3)
Seminar/Workshop (3) Required Writing for Majors (3): ENGL 238
Research Project (3)Required Capstone Course (3): ENGL 292​

Language Program

Mission Statement

BA in English Language: 39 Credits in English

Modes of Analysis
Understanding Communication - English and Arabic (9)

​Cultures and Histories (9), Human Values (3)
Societies and Individuals (Min. 6)
Understanding the World, Quantitative Reasoning (9:3/6+3/6)
Community-Engaged Learning (3)​
Lecture Courses
(9+12+48
+6+9+3)

Required Arabiccourse (3)
Required English courses: ENGL 203(3), 204(3)
​Required credits in the Cultures and Histories: 9 credits and 3 credits Human Values Electives (3)
Required English language (15): ENGL 227, 228, 229, 230 or 232, 294, or 231
Required English literature (9): ENGL 212, two courses chosen from ENGL 205, 207 and 209
Electives (12): one literature and three language courses from those numbered ENGL 210 to 291, 294


​Electives General Education (min. 6)
Understanding the World Electives (min. 6)
Quantitative Thought Electives General Education (min. 3)

​Required course (3)​
Seminar/ Workshop (3)​Elective English: ENGL 236, 239, 249, 250, 251, 252 (formerly 237), 293, 294
Laboratory (6)Required English (3): ENGL 238
Research (6)​Required English (9): ENGL 212, 227, 228, 230

Theater Program

Courses in theater may be taken towards the Minor in Theater (described above) and/or in fulfilment of other degree requirements.

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