American Univesity of Beirut

Department of English

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


Communication Skills Program

​Director of Communication Skills:
​Landes, David
Assistant Director of Communication Skils:Khoury, Malakeh
Full-time Instructors:​Al-Sayyed, Amany; Deeb, Rima; El- Cheikh Ali, Sarah; El-Den Moukadem, Najwa; Fleszar, Dorota; Hodeib, Heba; Iskandarani, Rima; Jaber, Nagham; Johnson, Ryan; Khoury, Malakeh; Kodeih, Rabab; Maktabi, Sawsan; Mehio,Marwa; Mikati, May; Moughabghab, Emma; Najjar, Jasmina; Rantisi, Rima; Riman, Soha; Shadid, Rima; Ward, Abir; Zantout, Lana
Part-time Instructors:​Awada, Ghada; Sfeir, May

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 (ENGL 239 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
  • Four additional courses chosen from among those numbered ENGL 210 to 291, and 294
  • In their senior year, students must take ENGL 292 Capstone Seminar.

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 Advanced Academic English
  • 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 6 credits of English Communication Skills and 3 credits of Arabic Communication Skills, 6 credits in Humanities, 6 credits in CVSP, 6 credits in Social Science, 6 credits in Natural Science, and 3 credits in Quantitative Thought (e.g., Computer Science or Mathematics from the approved General Education list). All of these courses must be chosen from the updated list found on the General Education Program website.

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 70) 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, and Gender Studies. A Theater minor is housed in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History, 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

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.

ENGL 236 is not required for the minor and may not replace ENGL 239 or a course in the range ENGL 249-254.


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
  • ENGL 262    Advanced Topics in Translation – any letter.
  • Any course offered by the Department of English with a significant translation studies component, with approval of the Chair of the department


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.

BA in English Literature: 39 Credits in English

Modes of Analysis
​English and Arabic (9)
Humanities (12+39)
Social Sciences
(Min. 6)
Natural Sciences
(Min. 6)
​Quantitative Thought
(Min. 3)
Lecture Courses (6+54+21)Required Arabic course (3) Required English courses (3 or 6, based on placement): ENGL 203, 204​Required 12 credits in the humanities, including 6 credits from CVSP (see list of approved GE humanities courses) Electives (6) 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 291, 294Electives General Education (min. 6)Electives General Education (min. 6)​Elective General Education (min. 3)
Seminar/Workshop (3)Required Writing for Majors (3): ENGL 238
Research Project (3)Required Capstone Course (3): ENGL 292​

Language Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the BA program in Language is to promote a multifaceted view of language. The program provides students with a foundational understanding of the principles and issues within current approaches to language and introduces them to various aspects of the structure, use, and learning of language, with a focus on English. Through teaching and mentoring, the program encourages the students to apply their analytical skills to their experience outside the classroom, and prepares them for employment in areas such as English language teaching and publishing, and for the pursuit of advanced degrees in linguistics. Language Course Descriptions.

BA in English Language: 39 Credits in English

Modes of Analysis
​English and Arabic (9)

​Humanities (12+9+39)
​Social Sciences
(Min. 6)
​Natural Sciences
(Min. 6)
Quantitative Thought
(Min. 3)
Lecture Courses (6+48+21)Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses (3 or 6 based on placement): ENGL 203, 204
​Required credits in the humanities: 12 credits including 6 from CVSP (see list of approved GE humanities courses)

Electives (9)

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)​Electives General Education (min. 6)​Elective General Education
(min. 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


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