Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literatures - Emphasis: Arabic Language and Literature (Open for Admission with a minimum no. of entering class)

Progamme Accreditation
126 credits
For students entering the program at the Freshman level
(Please click here for more info on the Freshman program)
96 credits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)


General Education Common Core
ARA311Current Problems in the Arab World
3 credits
TRD220Initiation to Translation
3 credits
ARA210Modern Cult. Issues in English
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARA120
LFR205Modern Cultural Issues in French
3 credits
ELL315Public Speaking
3 credits
ARA310Techniques of Expression in Arabic
3 credits
This course is designed to improve the Arabic language performance of the students, and to help them learn, through the different patterns of expression (poetry, literary writings, articles, reports, etc.) how to analyze, connect, distinguish and deduce in order to better understand or write texts. This course also aims to raise the awareness of future translators of the formal and stylistic particularities of each type of discourse.
LFR216Techniques of Expression in French
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: LFR201
This course initiates students to analyze different kinds of oral or written texts through communication, enunciation, semantics, narration and argumentation theories. It also develops formal and stylistic specificities peculiar to each type of speech and leads students to analyze and produce different types of texts. It helps students to consider, later on, in their translations the communication strategies and other types of speech due to their identification and analysis in this course.
ARA210Advanced Arabic
3 credits
LLA412Arabic Linguistics Problems
2 credits
This course is a continuation of LLA212. It stresses the importance of linguistic evidence in understanding grammatical correctness. Focusing on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures, it helps students explore, in depth, the principles of word formation, derivation, and inflection, and simultaneously provides an overview of the major syntactic constructions of Arabic.
LLA318Arabic Morphology and Syntax
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARA210 or LLA210
This course aims to help students acquire the basic rules of Arabic morphology and syntax (from the perspective of functional grammar). It will allow them to produce a grammatically correct text. The method adopted uses a text or a series of typical examples, from which the students derive the rule, acquire it and apply it appropriately.
LLA411Comparative Literature
2 credits
This course investigates the nature and scope of comparative literary studies, focusing on the nature and assumptions of literary study undertaken from several comparative perspectives. It is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to critically analyze texts in light of other texts.
LLA212Introduction to Linguistics
3 credits
This course will provide an introduction to the discipline of linguistics. It focuses on the fundamental concepts, the basic goals and the methods of modern theoretical linguistics. It introduces students to linguistics through the writings of well­known linguists, such as, but not limited to, Ferdinand De Saussure, Bloomfield, André Martinet, Roman Jakobson, and Noam Chomsky. By the end of the course the students will be familiar with some of the terminology and techniques of linguistic analysis.
LLA222Introduction to Rhetoric and Stylistics
3 credits
The course is designed to help the students practice writing, reading, evaluating, formulating, and presenting opinions in writing based on the best available evidence, using the methods of formal argument and the methods of rhetorical style.
LLA224Introduction to the Study of Literary Genres
3 credits
The focus of the course is on modern drama, and poetry arts such as instructive topic, wisdom, and lyrics. The course aims at helping students gain awareness in the cultural experience of modern drama and topic poetry. It familiarizes students with literary movements such as naturalism, symbolism, realism, and other dramatic features.
LLA415Lebanese Popular Heritage
2 credits
This course presents the Lebanese popular language and its importance, its Aramaic origins, and the interest of its study for Westerns. It defines the rules and meters of Lebanese folk poetry, the Zajal (its different genres, its pioneers, along with its modern and contemporary troops), the Muwassah, al­ Ataba, al­Mijana.
LLA316Literature in the Abbasids Era
3 credits
The course is designed to help students study the civilization and the literature of the Abbasids Epoch. This course aims to distinguish between the development of poetry and prose in this period, and to describe the different methods and characteristics of Abbasids literature (poetry, speech, narration, maqama, music, and singing).
LLA325Literature in the Andalusian Era
2 credits
In this course, the students study the prose and the poetry of Andalusian literature. They will study literary genres in order to interpret, analyze, and critically evaluate selections. Poetry topics: nostalgia, nature, terza rima (mouwashah). Poets: Ibn Zaydun, Ibn Khafaja, Ibn Zumrok, Wallada bent Al Mustakfi. Prose topics: Maqama, biography, speech, the short novel, Diwan writing. Writers: Ibn Abd Rabboh, Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Shahid. The students will also learn about the Andalusian civilization, aspects such as religions, languages, the role of women, culture, and society.
LLA323Literature in the Mamluk and Ottoman Era
2 credits
In this course, the students learn about the developments of the Islamic world during the period of Mamluk and Ottoman colonial domination and its aftermath, with special attention to the works of leading authors. In Mamluk literature: Al Boussayri, Saffieh Al Dinn, Ibn Nabata, Ibn Manzour (lissan Al Arab), Salah Al dinn Al safady (Alwafi bel Waffiatt), and Al KalKashindi (Sobeh Al Ashaa). From the Ottoman literature: Ibn Al Nakib, Ibn Maatuk, Nicola Al Turk, Boutros Karame, and Bader Al dinn Alghozzi.
LLA324Literature in the Renaissance Era
3 credits
This course introduces students to Renaissance literature by studying the history of this period and the famous authors and poets who changed the structure of literary texts. This course aims to consider many poetry texts, and to study the influence of printing, and of journalism, the pedagogic foundation which left their effects on Arabic modern literature. The students will be looking at important poets and writers, such as Ahmad Amine, Gergi Zayden, Joubran Khalil Goubran, Micheal Nouayme, and others, and they will study the characteristics of literary production in the light of new methods of modern criticism.
LLA423Modern and Contemporary Arabic Literature
2 credits
This course presents the modern Arabic literature of prose and poetry. It defines modernity and its general characteristics: the literary genres (novel, play, biography, literary research). It presents the contemporary Arabic literature and its universal dimensions: the Arabic novel, its principles and general rules, the movements that it illustrates, and its methods. At the poetry level, the course defines the concepts of modern, new and contemporary. It reviews the history of modern poetry: its beginnings, its pioneers, its stands, its directions, as well as its various forms of prose, poems, and poems subject to the rules of prosody.
LLA315Novel and Theater
3 credits
This course aims to offer students a detailed study of the development of the 20th century novel as an outcome and reaction to the 19th century novel. The course gives special attention to some of the major Arabic novelists, such as Najib Mahfouze, Toufic Youssef Awad, and Amine Maalouf. This course offers both a historical survey and a literary history of the development of drama. It concentrates on critical analysis of the distinguishing features of the different genres and sub­genres in drama, tragedy, comedy, and tragicomedy. This course gives special attention to the major Lebanese theater, such as the Rahbany brothers, Shoushou, Nabih Abu El Husn, and George Khabbaz (modern theatre).
LLA326Overseas Arabic Literature
3 credits
This course is an introduction to the major literary movements of overseas writers, starting with Gebran Khalil Gebran, M. Nouayme, R. Ayoub, N. Arida, among others. The course traces the major development of Arabic literature overseas, and helps students to investigate the themes and the characteristics of this literature.
LLA312Pre-Islamic and Umayyad Epochs
3 credits
The course covers, in introduction, the civilization and the literature of the Pre­Islamic epoch. It helps students to recognize various topics such as glory poetry, chivalry, wisdom, speech, and enthusiasm. Then the course covers the civilization and the literature of the Early Islamic and Umayyad Era. This course aims to distinguish between the development of poetry and prose in this period, and to describe the different methods and characteristics of Early Islamic and Umayyad literature such as Islamic poetry, Umayyad speech, and epistles.


This accreditation commission of evalag, Evalag-Baden-Württemberg http ://www.evalag.de, accredited this program and awarded the evalag international label for program accreditation.


The mission and objectives of the program are to develop the undergraduate students’ communicative competence in Arabic / English / French and critical thinking skills to develop writing and speaking skills and to interpret literature. It works toward forming students academically and endeavors to achieve intercultural dialogue between these languages. It also provides the students with the educational resources that enhance their appreciation of the significance of the language and literature in the world today and promote cultural exchanges between Lebanon, the region and the world. Thus, it will allow graduates to have successful careers in education, editing, or writing.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will become educators in Arabic / French / English language as first language in the complementary cycle of the Lebanese school system.
2. Graduate will become educators in the literary texts and writers integrated to the program of the complementary cycle of the Lebanese school system.

Student Learning Outcomes

a. Classify literary works and explain basic concepts of literature;
b. Analyze literary works critically;
c. Distinguish and explain basic linguistic concepts;
d. Use linguistic knowledge to analyze real-life situations critically;
e. Apply different literary theories to evaluate literature;
f. Apply various linguistic approaches to evaluate real-situation texts;
g. Write effectively for different purposes;
h. Communicate effectively and use speaking skills for various purposes;
i. Relate language and literature to wider social and historical contexts;
j. Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of varied cultural situations relation to literature and language.
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