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Civilization Studies Program

American University of Beirut

The Civilization Studies Program is a unit of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Its objective is to provide a coherent foundation in the formative ideas of, primarily, Near Eastern and Western civilization; it also offers supplementary courses that draw on individual faculty expertise. The Civilization Studies Program emphasizes the importance of student engagement with primary texts, the critical analysis of ideas in oral and written discussion, the cultivation of cross-disciplinary interests, and the appreciation of diverse cultural values. The academic traditions of free inquiry, the assessment of sources, and articulate argumentation are central to the mission of the program. The program fosters close collaboration and development in all areas of the humanities, by extending its own offerings in multidisciplinary and thematic studies and by ensuring that students from all sectors of the University have the opportunity to choose courses from a wide variety of disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. While expanding opportunities for choice, the program provides an introduction to the basic texts, ideas, and traditions that have shaped the modern world and consciousness of it.

Contact Information
Nader El-Bizri, Professor and Program Director

American University of Beirut
Civilization Studies Program
American University of Beirut.
Beirut, Beirut
+961 (0)1 350000 (ext. 4052)


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