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 twelve credits in the humanities.

A minimum of six credits of those twelve 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 graduating by one course from Sequence II.

Sequence I:

CVSP 201 (each semester): Ancient Near East and Classical Civilizations (3 hrs)

CVSP 202 (each semester): Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations (3 hrs)

CVSP 205 (each semester): Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations (3 hrs)

CVSP 207 (annually): Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations (Thematic) (3 hrs)

Sequence II:

CVSP 203 (each semester): The Making of The Modern World (3 hrs)

CVSP 204 (each semester): Contemporary Studies (3 hrs)

CVSP 206 (annually): Modern and Contemporary Studies (3 hrs)

CVSP 208 (annually): Modern and Contemporary Studies (Thematic) (3 hrs)

 

The remaining six 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

  • Since the critical skills built into the Sequence I courses significantly help the student succeed in Sequence II, students are required to take a Sequence I course before taking a Sequence II course. 
  • Students must have sophomore status or above to take a Sequence I course, and to take a Sequence II course.
  • Sequence I and Sequence II courses may not be taken simultaneously.


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 200 and above, (only English 203 or above can take CVSP course from sequence 1 same time.
  • Freshman students (who are not yet recognized on the AUBSIS as sophomore must wait)may not enroll in CVSP courses numbered 201–208.  They will not receive credit for these courses.  For all other CVSP courses numbered 200 and above, freshman students may enroll only with the prior consent of the instructor. 


Sequence I and Sequence II Course Offerings

CVSP 201 Ancient Near East and Classical Civilizations                         3.0; 3 cr.

An introduction to fundamental elements of Ancient Mesopotamian, Greek, and Roman world views that continue to influence us today. Starting with the Epic of Gilgamesh, the course moves on to explore the Greek and Roman worlds through epic, drama, history, and philosophy, in some of the most influential texts from that period of human history.
CVSP 201 cannot be taken if the student has taken CVSP 205. Each semester.

CVSP 202 Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance Civilizations                 3.0; 3 cr.

An introduction to fundamental elements of late Classical, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance worldviews that continue to influence us today. This course focuses particularly on Christian and Islamic thought as presented in texts such as those of Augustine, Al Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Rushd, Aquinas, Dante, Ibn Khaldun, and Luther. Selected texts from the Renaissance period round off the course.
CVSP 202 cannot be taken if the student has taken CVSP 205. Each semester.

CVSP 203 The Making of The Modern World                                           3.0; 3 cr.

An introduction to fundamental elements of what has come to be termed the epochs of Modernity and the Enlightenment. This course explores the emerging elements of an age of exploration, scientific advancement, and radical new ideas, through selections from authors such as Shakespeare (The Tempest), Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Adam Smith, Diderot, Bentham, Kant, Goethe, Shelley, Marx, and Mill.
CVSP 203 cannot be taken if the student has taken CVSP 206.
Prerequisite: any Sequence I course. Each semester.

CVSP 204 Contemporary Studies                                                             3.0; 3 cr.

An introduction to some of the most seminal influences in thought that have shaped our contemporary world from the late 19th century to the present time. This course typically explores themes and developments such as evolutionary theory, Nietzschean radical critique, depth-psychology, astrophysics, philosophy of science, revolution, the absurd, existentialism, gender issues, and postcolonial literature and criticism, from both the Western and the Arab worlds.
CVSP 204 cannot be taken if the student has taken CVSP 206. Prerequisite: any Sequence I course. Each semester.

CVSP 205 Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Civilizations               3.0; 3 cr.

A composite of CVSP 201 and 202, covering selected works from the periods described above. CVSP 205 cannot be taken if the student has taken either CVSP 201 or CVSP 202.Each semester.

CVSP 206 Modern and Contemporary Studies                                        3.0; 3 cr.

A composite of CVSP 203 and 204, covering selected works from the periods described above. CVSP 206 cannot be taken if the student has taken either CVSP 203 or CVSP 204. Prerequisite: any Sequence I course offered at the discretion of the Program .

(A, B, C)  Renaissance Civilizations (Thematic)

Individualized courses designed to explore the periods covered in CVSP 201 and 202, utilizing a thematic approach. Examples of themes: Epics: Text and Context; Human Nature: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance texts; Love: Human and Divine; Religion as Text and Tradition; Utopian Thought. May be repeated for credit on different topics. Annually.

CVSP 208 Modern and Contemporary                                                  3.0; 3 cr.
(A, B, C) Studies (Thematic)

Individualized courses designed to explore the periods covered in CVSP 203 and 204, utilizing a thematic approach. Examples of themes: Epics: Text and Context; Faith, Culture, and Modernity; Folly; Four Theories that Shaped the Twentieth Century; Gender and Cultural Production; Human Nature: Modern and Contemporary; Language, Imagination, and Poetry; Love in the Modern and Contemporary Worlds; Monstrosities in European Modernity; Science and Society; Utopian Thought.
May be repeated for credit on different topics. Prerequisite: any Sequence I course. Annually.


Courses limited to Freshman Students

CVSP 111               Youth and Rebellion in Modern Literature           3.0; 3 cr.

An introduction to the themes and challenges of autonomy and independence as experienced by youth, studied through major literary works of the past centuries. Annually.

CVSP 112                Contemporary Arab Identity                                 3.0; 3 cr.

An examination of literary, historical, and socio-political texts that express contemporary Arab self-awareness. Annually.​


Courses Supplementary to the Regular Offerings

CVSP 212                Modern and Contemporary World Theatre     3.0; 3 cr.

This course examines a number of plays from across different artistic, cultural and linguistic traditions. The focus will be on reading and analyzing these plays for an appreciation of aesthetic innovations; modes of theatrical expression; and their place within particular social or cultural contexts. Course materials may include filmed versions of the plays for comparison. Annually.

CVSP 216                  A Survey of Twentieth-Century                       3.0; 3 cr.

French Literature in English

A survey of the major French poets and novelists of the twentieth century with an emphasis on the main artistic currents from Proust, Colette, Gide, Sartre, and Camus, to surrealism in poetry and the New Novel by Robe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, and Marguerite Duras. Annually.


CVSP 250                 Civilization Through the Arts I                  3.0; 3 cr. 

An introduction to the appreciation of art. More of a cultural history than an art 

historical survey, this course aims to provide the student with general knowledge about how the 

understanding of art, artist and beauty/the aesthetic has changed in time and place. Every 

semester.


CVSP 251                   Civilization Through the Arts II          3.0; 3 cr. 

The  course  critically  examines  the  terms  ‘modern’  and  ‘art’  and  the  

association  of modern art with Western art. It then focuses on non-Western modern art, taking 

Lebanon as an example. Every semester.



CVSP 295                   Special Topics in Cultural Studies     3.0; 3 cr.

At the discretion of the program. May be repeated for credit on different topics.
Prerequisite: Junior level and above, or by consent of instructor.


Prerequisite: CVSP/Chinese 202. Each seme​ster.

CVSP/ Chinese I         Chinese 201                                         3.0; 3 cr.

Each semester.

CVSP/ Chinese II       Chinese 202                                         3.0; 3 cr.

Prerequisite: CVSP/Chinese 201. Each semester.

CVSP/Chinese III      Chinese 203​                                          3.0; 3 cr.


French 201                  CVSP/Elementary French I             3.0; 3 cr.

Every semester.

French 202                  CVSP/Elementary French II           3.0; 3 cr.

Every semester.          CVSP/Intermediate French          3.0; 3 cr.

Prerequisite: CVSP/French 202.​



German 201              CVSP/Elementary German I              3.0; 3 cr.

German 202               CVSP/Elementary German II           3.0; 3 cr.

Prerequisite: CVSP/German 201.

German 211                 CVSP/Intermediate German         3.0; 3 cr.

Prerequisite:                CVSP/German 202.​