American University of Beirut

Graduate Studies

​The requirements for an MA degree in English
consist of 21 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above, successful completion of a comprehensive examination, and a thesis along with any additional prerequisite courses determined by the department to make up for deficiencies in undergraduate preparation.

Students working for an MA degree in English Language must take English 301, 327, 341 or 342, and 345.  Two additional elective English Language graduate courses from among those offered in the department must be taken. Students must take a further graduate course, which may be from outside the English language course offerings, subject to departmental approval. 

Students working for the degree of MA i​n the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) should refer to the Department of Education catalogue section. ​

Students working for an MA degree in English Literature must complete English 301. In addition, they must take one course from each of the following three categories: Literary History, Comparative Literature, and Literary and Cultural Studies. Of the remaining three courses, two may be taken outside the Literature program, subject to departmental approval. 

For more information about graduate studies at AUB, check out the the AUB graduate catalogue​ and the following links: Online Graduate Application​; Graduate Council​.


For more information about the MA program in English Language and Literature, click here​​​​.  
Also, check out the MA Graduate flyer​.

Draft description of the graduate courses for FALL 2023 - 2024
ENGL 301A: Introduction to Bibliography and Methods of Research  
Professor David Currell


This course aims to present a critical introduction to research in the field of literary studies through exposure to a wide range of topics in current scholarship and continuous practice in the genres of communication important to beginning researchers. The course anchors this survey in the specific context of the Department of English at AUB. Its ultimate goal is to equip students with critical skills suited to performing the intellectual, practical, and scriptorial work essential to making a contribution to literary research within the design of the MA in Literature and beyond. The course is built around critical engagement with the resources of the department and its faculty, the university library, and the written and electronic record of literary scholarship. The engagement takes the form of seminar meetings, event participation, class visits, extensive assigned and independent readings, oral presentations, writing exercises, peer reviewing, and the composition of a model thesis proposal.​

306AD/Arab351Q​: Wor(l)ds of Refuge: New literary public and postmigratory Arabic literature in Beirut and Berlin
Professor Sonja Mejcher-Atassi

Overview ​ 

Literature and the public - what happens to these two fields when a country descends into war, chaos, and violence? This is a highly topical question for Arabic literature in the 21st century as it is opening up to new spaces of production, impact, and research. Unique in its Arabic-German double perspective, our research project is dedicated to this question at the interface of general literature studies and comparative literature mediation. Based on concepts of postmigration and performative literary practices, it aims to relocate literary production processes in Germany and Lebanon against the background of long-term flight and migration processes. The example of Syria is particularly relevant as it has set in motion noticeable changes in both the German and the Lebanese literature markets. The collaboration between colleagues in Germany and Lebanon makes possible hitherto unexplored grounds for comparison between Arabic literature in inner-Arab and German exile.
This project breaks new scientific ground by systematically documenting transnational writing networks as well as institutions and digital platforms that promote Arab authors. The literary texts themselves and their performance practices are also examined, by means of which exile can be experienced in multimedia and transnational ways. This project envisions new beginnings not only through interdisciplinary and international cooperation but also through formats of scientific exchange that include initiatives for refugees in participatory action research. Literary public is thus theorized and practiced at the same time.

This course is part of a larger research project and includes 3-4 hybrid sessions, bringing AUB students together with students in Germany who are enrolled in a course on the same topic at the Philipps University of Marburg.

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