American University of Beirut

New General Education Program
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mission Statement:

    ​​The mission of the General Education program is to help us understand ourselves, the world, and our role in it. The program will allow students to learn to think critically and analyze intellectual and social issues in their historical and contemporary frameworks from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It does so while also enhancing problem-solving skills and abilities for life-long learning. Students will recognize and reflect on their values, their civic responsibilities, and their general roles in society.​


    New GE Requirements:

    Ways of Understanding

    • Understanding Communication (9 credits: 6 credits in English and 3 credits in Arabic​)
    • Quantitative Reasoning (3-6 credits)
    • Writing in the Discipline (3 credits from within the major)

    Understanding Ourselves
    • ​Cultures and Histories (9 credits)
    • Societies and Individuals (6 credits)


    Understanding the World  (3-6 credits)


    Understanding Our Role in the World

    • Human Values (3 credits)
    • Community-Engaged Learning (3 credits)

    Thematic Requirements
    • ​Social Inequalities (3 credits from any designation)
    • History of Ideas (3 credits​ from CHLA​​)

     **9 credits Understanding the World and Quantitative Reasoning with at least 3 credits from each.​​​


    General Education Workshop Session​ - August 21, 2023​

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