American University of Beirut

Masters in Arab and Middle Eastern History


Students registered in the master's program in history are required to take a minimum of 21 graduate credit hours, to pass a comprehensive exam and to present a thesis based on independent research.

Graduate Curriculum in History

The history graduate curriculum is subject to periodic departmental review. Overall, it is a flexible and individually-driven program, designed to build up a critical mass of knowledge based on the historical literature relating to the area of specialization. The curriculum adopts a problem-solving approach to historical research and writing, enabling graduates to think critically, work independently and take conscious ownership of their learning activity and align it with their own educational, academic and career aspirations.

Sample Course Selection

For a complete list of course descriptions please refer to the latest edition of the AUB Catalogue.

HIST 303/304 Graduate Seminar in Arab and Middle Eastern History

HIST 305/306 Graduate Seminar in European History.

HIST 321/322 The Arab Historians, I and II

HIST 323/324 Advanced Documentation and Research, I and II

HIST 325/326 Social and Intellectual History of the Arabs, I and II

HIST 327/328 Social and Economic History of the Modern Middle East, I and II

HIST 330 Advanced Historical Interpretation

HIST 331 Tutorial Topics in Arab and Middle Eastern History

HIST 332 Special Topics in History

HIST 395A/B Comprehensive Exam

HIST 399 MA Thesis


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