Students majoring in history must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours in the department, including research and historiographical seminars HIST 286, HIST 287, HIST 291, and HIST 292. In fulfillment of university General Education requirements, majors must also take an array of additional courses, including the following: English Communication Skills (6 cr.), Arabic Communication Skills (3 cr.), Humanities (12 cr.), Social Sciences (6 cr.), Natural Sciences (6 cr.), and Quantitative Thought (3 cr.). Students also have the opportunity to explore new fields of study through elective coursework.
Sample Course Selection
For a complete list of course descriptions please refer to the latest edition of the AUB Catalogue.
HIST 104 History of the Arabs and the Middle East
HIST 211 Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
HIST 217 Slaves and Soldiers: The Mamluk Sultanate, 1250–1517
HIST 230 Iran: State, Society, and Religion, 1501–1722
HIST 238 Ottoman State and Society, 1600–1923
HIST 242 A Social History of the Modern Middle East: 1800–1980
HIST 245 History of Lebanon from 634 to 1920 A.D.
HIST 254 History of Europe from 1618 to 1815
HIST 257 The Contemporary World Since 1914
HIST 262 Women and Gender in Classical Islamic Society
HIST 273 The United States and the Middle East
HIST 286 Historical Interpretation
HIST 287 Historical Writing
HIST 291/292 Senior Seminar in Arab and Middle Eastern
The department offers undergraduate courses for students majoring and minoring in History as well as those who need to fulfill General Education requirements.