American University of Beirut

Department of History and Archaeology

Chairperson:Sader, Helene S.
Professor Emerita:Seeden, Helga; Professor emeritus: Seikaly, Samir
Professors:Genz, Hermann P.; Sader, Helene S.; Saliba, George
Associate Professors:Khuri-Makdisi, Ilham; Newson, Paul G.
Associate Professor of Practice:Panayot, Nadine
Assistant Professors:Abuhusayn, Tarek; Armstrong, Lyall R.; Malleson, Claire
Lecturers: Nurpetlian, Jack A.; Rabah, Makram​

The department offers programs leading to the BA, MA, and PhD in Arab and Middle Eastern History. The department also offers programs leading to the BA and MA in Archaeology.

The department also offers academic minors for undergraduate students in History and in Archaeology. In addition, in association with the departments of Biology and Geology, the department offers an interdisciplinary minor in Marine Sciences and Culture.

Requirements for transfer to the department include approval by the department and a grade of C+ or more in any two Culture and Histories courses (excluding the communication skills requirements in Arabic and English). Students expecting to work inArab and Middle Eastern history must have knowledge of Arabic.

History

Mission Statement

By means of a broad and diversified curriculum, our undergraduate program introduces students to the richness and complexity of Arab and Middle Eastern history. This program is intended to develop not only essential knowledge of the past, but also awareness of the methodological and theoretical problematic involved in the study of history as a discipline in the humanities. Students are motivated to be reflexive, read, research and write critically, analytically, and without prejudice or preconceptions. Courses in European and American history supplement the core offerings, fostering a comparative understanding of the enduring relevance of the past in multiple contexts. In line with the faculty’s mission, the program maintains major and minor flexible requirements, leaving room for students to explore other fields of study.

BA in History

Students majoring in history must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours in the department, including HIST 286, HIST 287, HIST 291, and HIST 292. Detailed programs are determined by subcommittees of the department, which advise each student on courses in her/his major, related departments, and electives. 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).

Communication - English (6 cr.), Understanding Communication - Arabic (3 cr.), Cultures and Histories (9 cr.), Human Values (3 cr.), Socieities and Individuals (6 cr.), Understanding the World (6 cr.), and Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr.). One elective should cover the theme of Social Inequalities.

Students choosing to minor in history must complete five courses numbered 200 and above. All minors, especially those considering graduate work in history, are encouraged to take HIST 287 as one of the five courses.

Course Descriptions

39 Credits in History

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+39+6

+6+3+3)

Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses: ENGL 203(3), 204(3)

 

Required credits in the Cultures and Histories: 9 credits including History of Ideas and 3 credits Human Values

Nine history courses (27 cr.) from the following two categories: HIST 202, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 220, 225, 226, 227, 230, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 242, 243, 244, 245, 251, 258, 262, 263

HIST 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 259, 260, 271, 272, 273, 274, 278, 279 (no more than two courses [6 cr.] may be taken from this category)

Two courses (6) (The academic advisor will recommend particular courses in these disciplines)

Two courses
(6) (The academic advisor will recommend particular courses in these disciplines

One course(3) in computer literacy

Required course (3)
Seminar (6) Required history courses: HIST 291(3), 292(3)   
Laboratory (3)   Computer Lab (3) 

Research

Project (6)

 Required history courses: HIST 286(3), 287(3)   ​

Archaeology

Mission Statement

The undergraduate program in Archaeology provides students with a working knowledge and critical understanding of the methodological and theoretical principles of archaeological investigation and fieldwork. Its curriculum introduces students to the wealth and diversity of Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology. In addition to developing essential knowledge about the material and cultural roots of past societies, the program enhances student awareness about the value and relevance of Lebanon’s and the region’s archaeological heritage. In line with the faculty’s mission, the program maintains major and minor flexible requirements, enabling students to explore other areas of academic interest.

BA in Archaeology

Students majoring in archaeology must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours in the department, including HIST 286, HIST 287, AROL 233 or 234, and AROL 291 or AROL 292. Detailed programs are determined by subcommittees of the department, which advise each student on courses in her/his major, related departments, and electives. 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).(6 cr.) and Understanding Communication - Arabic (3 cr.), Cultures and Histories (9 cr.), Human Values (3), Societies and Individuals (6 cr.), Understanding our World (9 cr.), and Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr.). One elective should cover the theme of Social Inequalities.Students choosing a minor in archaeology must complete five courses numbered 200 and above, including one of the following courses: AROL 211, AROL 212, AROL 233, AROL 234, AROL 291, or AROL 292.

Course Descriptions

39 Credits in Archaeology

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+39+6

+6 +3)

Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses: ENGL 203(3), 204(3)

 

Required credits in the Cultures and Histories: 9 credits including History of Ideas and 3 credits Human Values

Nine archaeology courses (27 cr.) from the following: AROL 201, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 231, 232, 235, 236, 238, 240, 241 and  263

Two courses (6) (The academic advisor will recommend particular courses in these disciplines)

Two courses (6) (The academic advisor will recommend particular courses in these disciplines

One course(3) in computer literacy

Require course (3)
Field Work (3) Required archaeology course: AROL 233(3), or 234(3)   
Laboratory (3)   Computer Lab (3) 

Research

Project (6)

 Required history courses: HIST 286(3), 287(3)   ​​​

Minor in Marine Sciences and Culture

Students choosing to minor in the multidisciplinary Marine Sciences and Culture (MSCU) program must complete MSCU 201, MSCU 202, and MSCU 203, along with two electives chosen from any of the following: MSCU 204, MSCU 211, AROL 211, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, BIOL 246, 255, 266, or GEOL 201, GEOL 210, GEOL 214, and GEOL 222.

Course Descriptions




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