Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in History

36 credits


Common Core
HIS630Art Critic
3 credits
This course aims at teaching students how to develop a critical eye to define a work of art, analyze its characteristics, place the work of the artist in its correct time, and to know how to channel the information. The art critic explains, defends, objects, regulates, distinguishes and creates artistic movements, and these are the skills students can acquire on this course.
HIS625History of International Relations (1918 – 2006)
3 credits
This seminar covers the large context of international relations. It introduces these relations from the first colonial period to the implementation of strategies to secure and dominate the territory. The philosophical theories that preside over these relations will be discussed in class. The implementation of the supranational and super­states authorities of social, political, economic and military types, as well as their actions, will be studied. A study of the Arab world and the Mediterranean Sea are included, from the eve of World War I until the present day.
HIS600Research Methodology
3 credits
Students will develop the practice of critical thinking and analytical approaches they have already applied in history and archeology, opening up the horizons of their research, so they can choose the form of their research paper or thesis. Students will include, alongside the research project, the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to develop their thesis. Component parts of thesis writing will include: structuring the outline, dividing the content into chapters, and writing the introduction and conclusion in a coherent and rigorous way.
HIS650Seminary: Ancient Lebanon
3 credits
Besides the theoretical and practical knowledge, this course includes field work experience in a multidisciplinary context.
HIS655Seminary: Medieval Lebanon
3 credits
Students are introduced to the history of medieval Lebanon, a very important period which begins with the Arab­Muslim conquest of Lebanon in 636 and which ends in 1516 with the victory of the Ottomans over the Mamelukes. Students will become familiar in research using primary sources.
HIS660Seminary: Modern and Contemporary Lebanon
3 credits
This course deals with extensive questions related to the history of modern and contemporary Lebanon, based on primary sources such as archives and manuscripts.
HIS620Social History: structure of the family in rural and urban areas
3 credits
This course examines the family status in different areas and it detects the factors of change and durability. It is obvious that the situation of the family changes in Lebanon, but it is also well known that it remains at the base of society and is an element which gives the country its charm and stability.
HIS640Thematic Research
6 credits
This course studies problematic cases related to the history, art and archeology of Lebanon.
Specialization: History Specialization: History of Art
AAR610Art and New Technologies
3 credits
The future archeologist will have to use the IT tool for: registering, classifying and restoring archeological objects; also, to establish an inventory of archeological sites, to catalog the vestiges which they contain, to make statements, to draw maps, and for all that a thesis, or a report requires plans, boards, graphs, strata…
AAR679AThesis Project History of Art
6 credits
Application of research methods; being involved in a research program and topic.


In this program students will specialize in historical research, learn to manage primary sources, and to adopt methods and approaches as an historian.
Students will also give particular attention to the complete history of Lebanon. Students taking the Master degree program will be initiated into the field of art history, so they can become art historians, or art critics.
Program Educational Objectives
1. Graduates will manage a research project from the beginning (selection and identification of the sources and of the method of analysis) to the final production of a research paper.
2. Graduates will classify the sources depending on their relevance and type.
3. Graduates will assert artistic and historical criticism.

Program Outcomes

a. Students will produce a complete analysis of Lebanon’s history, in French and in Arabic
b. Conduct research in a specialized area.
c. Teach history at school and at university at undergraduate level.
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