The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Minor in History

The aim of offering a minor in history is to give students an additional edge in their major fields. The skills that a student will acquire from an exposure to history will enable him or her to think critically and comparatively. Even in their daily lives, particularly in the Middle East region, every day involves some reference to history. Islam, modernity, ethnicity, inter-faith relations, the Arab/Israeli conflict, themes and topics which we are bombarded with on a daily basis, acquire perspective only when seen in a historical context.

History courses in the minor are also included in the Honors Program. 

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a Minor in History will: 

  1. Have a critical grasp of the world around them and profit from a historical depth in analyzing current events.
  2. Find themselves prepared for field-related careers in Lebanon and abroad.
  3. Foster a tolerant attitude in relation to opinions and values that are not necessarily the same as their own.
  4. Understand the value of ethnic and social diversity.


The Minor in History requires six courses (18 credits). Students are to choose from the courses listed below:

Number Title Cr
HST221 Ancient Greece & Rome 3
HST242 Europe and the Middle East 3
HST304 Modern Europe 3
HST305 Contemporary Europe 3
HST330 History of Byzantium 3
HST231 History of Lebanon Imarah to the 1975 War 3
HST241 History of Islam in the Middle East 3
HST240 History of the Arab Peoples 3
HST243   Economic History of the Middle East 3
HST244 History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 3
HST332 History of China 3
HST331 History of Russia 3
HST340 Topics in the History of Ideas 3
HST334 History of North America 3
HST342 Topics in the History of Religion 3



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