1. The Writing Program
Approaches to Critical Writing (ECLT 101)
Develops proficiency in critical expository writing, critical reading and greater fluency in expression. Focuses on the writing process with an emphasis on developing the student's voice, organizing and developing ideas independently within the context of academic writing. Introduces library research and use of sources. Credit: 3 hrs.
Integrated Writing (ECLT 102)
Develops the skills to produce effective persuasive writing with a focus on organization, content, analysis of readings, critical thinking. Provides training in the use and integration of sources, library and online research. Credit: 3 hrs.
Research Writing (ECLT 103)
Develops the skills to produce extended forms of academic essays and research papers with a focus on the methods of research, process of research paper writing, integration and evaluation of sources, and critical analysis. Prerequisite: ECLT 102 or its equivalent. Credit: 3 hrs.
Business Communication (ECLT 320)
This course focuses on the writing of professional documents, including reports, memos, business letters, and resumes. Also included is the formal presentation of professional reports. Prerequisite: ECLT 103 or its equivalent. Credit: 3 hrs.
Technical Writing (ECLT 321)
This course focuses on the writing of scientific and/or technical reports, memos, and technical users' documents. Particular attention is paid to technical writing in the workplace. Presentation of reports in formal settings is also covered. Prerequisite: ECLT 103 or its equivalent. Credit: 3 hrs.
Placement of Students
Students may be exempted from one or two courses (ECLT 102, 103) by a series of placement exams. These exams are administered by the WP during the first week of classes.
Students must take the 100 level Writing Program courses as soon as they are placed into these courses and must take them in immediate sequence. Students may not drop these courses.
2. Scientific Thinking
Scientific Thinking (BIOL 120/CHEM 120/ MATH 120/ PHYS 120) emphasizes the unifying aspects of the scientific approach to the study of nature and human behavior. About one-third of the course is devoted to a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry and investigation. The course focuses on the process of fact identification and concept formation and testing. In the remainder of the course students are exposed to applications of the approach in various disciplines.
The course sets some of the major concepts and theories of science into a broad historical, philosophical, and cultural context and traces the development of these theories and concepts to their present status. This serves the double purpose of acquainting the students with the appropriate setting in which a given idea gained relevance and exposes them to the evolution of current methods of investigation. Credit: 3 hrs.
3. Philosophic Thinking
Philosophic Thinking (PHIL 220) presents various types of philosophical discourse (dialectical, analytical, critical, etc.) stemming from different epochs of philosophy, and dealing with the main subjects of philosophy. It is introductory and aims to involve students in the philosophical quest. It tries to bring out the common grounding of the academic disciplines in the "desire to know" and to help students to recognize this desire as something pertaining to human nature. Philosophy is first shown in its works, and participation in these works is then invited through the communal attempt to understand them. Finally, unity is sought in variety: the spirit of philosophy is portrayed through its works. Credit: 3 hrs.
4 . The Seminar
Core Seminar (SEMR 200) is an interdisciplinary course in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Its goal is to foster the critical interpretation of texts. In this course, students read a variety of texts from different disciplines in an attempt to explore new ideas and new approaches to knowledge. Each week, students attend general lectures and then meet with their tutors in small groups to discuss the readings. The Seminar is an integral part of AUC's program of liberal education. By asking questions about human nature, society, culture, and the natural and supernatural worlds, students will develop their critical-analytical skills and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Prerequisites: PHIL 220. Credit: 3hrs.
Core Honors Seminar (SEMR 300) is an interdisciplinary honors course which is an elective sequel to Core Seminar 200. The focus of Core Seminar 300 is the critical exploration of ideas stemming from a selection of texts representing a variety of cultural traditions both past and present. Because Core Seminar 300 is an honors course, students will be expected to demonstrate skills and a degree of commitment that are more advanced than those normally associated with other 300-level courses. Prerequisites: Core Seminar 200 with 3.4 overall GPA and/or consent of the Core Seminar Supervisor. Credit: 3hrs. Offered in Spring. Grading in this course is on a Pass/Fail system.
5. Arab History
To satisfy the Arab history component of the Core requirements, students must take one of the courses listed below. Credit: 3 hrs.
Survey of Arab History, 3 cr.
Social and Cultural History of the Middle East, 600-1800 A.D., 3 cr.
Land, Trade and Power: a History of Economic Relations in the Middle East, 600-800 A.D., 3 cr.
Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Classical Age, 600-945 A.D. , 3 cr.
Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Middle Period, 945-1380 A.D., 3 cr.
Islamic civilization, 1380-1800 A.D., 3 cr.
The Making of the Modern Arab World: A Survey of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D., 3 cr.
6. Arab Society
Arab Society (SOC/ANTH 210) offers a description and analysis of social and cultural characteristics and problems of contemporary Arab society, taking into consideration the specific historical, economic, and ideological forces that shape it. Social basis for Arab unity and identity is examined and students receive an introduction to basic concepts and principles for understanding social phenomena. Credit: 3hrs.
7. Arabic Literature
Students who have a Thanawiya ĎAmma certificate or its equivalent must take one course chosen from the following list of Arabic literature courses taught in Arabic:
Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature
Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature
Classical Tradition I
Classical Tradition II
Constructions of Modernity I
Constructions of Modernity II
Arabic Literature and Gender
Arabic Literature and Film
The Writer and the State
Colloquial and Folk Literature
Selected Themes and Topics in Arabic Literature
Classical Arabic Poetry
Classical Arabic Prose
Modern Arabic Poetry
The Arabic Novel
The Arabic Short Story
Students who do not have a Thanawiya ĎAmma certificate or its equivalent must take two Arabic literature courses, of which one fulfils the Arabic literature component of the required Core and the second fulfils the Humanities requirement of the elective Core (see "Core Curriculum Electives" below). They may choose their two Arabic literature courses from those listed above, taught in Arabic, and from the following courses, taught in English:
Classical Arabic Literature in Translation
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Selected Themes and Topics in Arabic Literature in Translation
Students should note that if they take one or both courses in English, they will be required to take certain Arabic language courses (see "Arabic Language Requirements" below). They may not take ARBS 201 with 203, or 202 with 204.
Core Curriculum Electives
The Core Curriculum Electives consist of the following:
1.Four credit hours of natural sciences, selected from