Undergraduate Programs
BA in International Affairs

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences offers an International Affairs Program that leads to a BA in the said program. It is an interdisciplinary major that combines courses in political science, history, economics, geography and foreign languages. It investigates the ever present questions as to the origin(s) of war(s) and the maintenance of peace, the nature and exercise of power within the international systems, and the changing characters of the actors who participate in the various aspects of international decision making.

The program seeks to integrate significant problems of international political economics, foreign policy analysis, international security affairs, trade, international organizations and international law and ethics into a more unified analytical framework.The International Affairs Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of those interested in understanding of and / or working in the field of International Relations.


 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (105 credits)
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 000
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
3
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology ENG 001
3
HMS 301 Western Civilization ENG 201
3
FREE LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVES (6 credits)
To be selected from the department of Social Sciences and Humanities
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ECO 201 Introduction To Microeconomics ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
3
ECO 202 Introduction To Macroeconomics ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
3
HMS 350 History of International Relations IAF 201
3
IAF 201 Introduction To International Affairs ENG 200
3
IAF 310 International & Regional Organization SOS 245 & IAF 201
3
IAF 355 International Law IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 365 Diplomacy IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 375 Political Theory IAF 201 & SOS 225 & SOS 245
3
SOS 225 Survey Of Political Theory ENG 200
3
SOS 245 World Regional Geography ENG 200
3
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
IAF 300 Internship I NONE
1
IAF 315 European Politics IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 320 U.S. Foreign Policy IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 360 Peace Studies & Conflicts Resolution IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 366 Lebanese Politics & Administration IAF 201 & SOS 225 & SOS 245
3
IAF 400 Internship II NONE
1
IAF 410 Middle East in International Affairs IAF 201 & (SOS 225 OR SOS 125)
3
IAF 431 Human Rights: Challenges and Development IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 435 The Third World in International Politics IAF 201 & (SOS 245 & SOS 145)
3
IAF 475 Theory of International Relations IAF 201 & SOS 225
3
IAF 490 Senior Seminar in International Affairs Senior Standing
3
IAF 495 Senior proposal NONE
1
IAF 499 Senior Project In International Affairs Senior STanding
3
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CHI 201 Chinese I NONE
3
CHI 202 Chinese II CHI 201
3
FRE 201 French I NONE
3
FRE 202 French II FRE 201
3
GER 201 German I NONE
3
GER 202 German II GER 201
3
ITA 201 Italian I NONE
3
ITA 202 Italian II ITA 201
3
RUS 201 Russian I NONE
3
RUS 202 Russian II RUS 201
3
SPA 201 Spanish I NONE
3
SPA 202 Spanish II SPA 201
3
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (6 credits)
To be selected from courses of numbers 300 and above offered by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 000
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: ENG 001
HMS 301
Western Civilization
This course consists of readings and discussion of the classic great books of Western Civilization, focusing on literary, philosophical, and historical works from ancient Greece and Rome. Readings will be selected from authors such as Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Tacitus, Plutarch, Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Epicurus, Cicero, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus, and Augustine.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ECO 201
Introduction To Microeconomics
This is an introductory course in economics. It provides students with general information about the functioning of market forces in determining the prices and the level of production in a free market economy. The course introduces the behavior of each firm as a part of the trade in different types of markets. The topics covered in this course include: mechanics of individual prices, demand, supply, elasticity, theory of consumer behavior, costs of production, price and output determination under different market conditions, the employment and pricing of economic resources.
Prerequisite: ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
ECO 202
Introduction To Macroeconomics
This course introduces the students to the performance of the economy of a country on aggregate basis. It aims to teach how the economics of a nation functions. The students are introduced to national income accounting, inflation, unemployment, the role of taxes, government budgets, banking systems, the monetary policy, international trade, exchange rates and balance of payments deficit and surplus.
Prerequisite: ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
HMS 350
History of International Relations
Students are introduced to the basics of analyzing world politics. The course focuses on the origins of the modern international system, the world wars, and the cold war; thus, imparting knowledge of concrete basic issues that permit the student to understand the structure and evolution of the current international political state of affairs.
Prerequisite: IAF 201
IAF 201
Introduction To International Affairs
This course examines the nature and usage of power; it covers the development of the nation-state system in history, international affairs and diplomatic usage, international law and organization, and specific problems in international relations in the world today.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
IAF 310
International & Regional Organization
The purpose of this course is to define, discuss the function, and the role and significance of international and regional organizations such as the United Nations in contemporary world politics. The course begins with the rise of international organizations in the l9th century, and illustrates how and why they have become major forces in the international system of states following W.W.II. The course will provide examples of various kinds of international and regional organizations and will discuss their aims, principles, membership, and decision-making processes.
Prerequisite: SOS 245 & IAF 201
IAF 355
International Law
This course functions as an introduction to the principles of international law, its sources; institutions and relationship to domestic law and the courts; state sovereignty; role of United Nations and other international organizations, application of legal norms to contemporary armed conflicts and human rights catastrophes.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 365
Diplomacy
This course offers an academic inquiry into the art of diplomacy and focuses on the nature, objectives, historical evaluation, functions, means and types of diplomacy. On the more practical side, the course considers the establishment and conduct of diplomatic relations and permanent missions, protocol and procedure, diplomatic language and types of diplomatic correspondence, diplomatic and consular privileges, immunities and consular functions, and conference diplomacy.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 375
Political Theory

This course is an introduction to the history of political theory; however, the purpose of the course is not exclusively historical. It acquaints students with great texts about the western tradition that are considered as classics because they continue to shape, inform and challenge the analysis of current political phenomena. These texts raise important questions about the nature of individual rights, the roots of government authority, the circumstances of legitimate revolution, the justification of religious tolerance, and the meaning of political ideals such as liberty, equality and justice. It is through the categories created and clarified by these thinkers that we conceptualize, understand and assess our political lives.

Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225 & SOS 245
SOS 225
Survey Of Political Theory
This course is designed to introduce the students to the main issues in the political theory of government, authority, and citizenship, from the philosophy of the Ancient Greeks to the thought of the twentieth-century western political thinkers.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
SOS 245
World Regional Geography
This course introduces the students to the world's major geographic regions, their cultural practices, politics, economics, religions, history and environmental characteristics. It also analyzes their important geographic features including mountains, rivers, countries and major cities of Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, Europe, and South America.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
IAF 300
Internship I

First internship must be done after completing 42 credits; the students are to do practical training at a professional NGO for not less than 160 hours.

Prerequisite: NONE
IAF 315
European Politics
The primary purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the major theoretical, empirical and substantive issues in contemporary European politics; governmental structures and political processes in Europe; the European Union; reintegration of Eastern Europe, Russia, separatist groups and disintegration; the development of European human rights policies and processes, problems; and, the prospects of parliamentary democracy.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 320
U.S. Foreign Policy
This course analyzes various internal and external factors that influence the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy; it covers the strategies and objectives of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. It expands on theories, policies, and crises underlying the American foreign policy in the 20th century. This course also examines the security issues of the U.S. in a number of political, military, and economic areas.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 360
Peace Studies & Conflicts Resolution
This course offers students an introduction to the theory and practice of conflict resolution and negotiation. It examines various approaches to the definition of conflict and violence; it presents surveys theories related to the causes, management, and prevention of conflict, either interstate or intrastate. It also seeks to identify the circumstances under which diplomatic interventions can contribute to the amelioration of conflict.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 366
Lebanese Politics & Administration
This course is an overview of the modern Lebanese political administrative and constitutional structure, with emphasis on main modern events that have shaped the formation of these domestic political and social institutions .In addition, it focuses on Lebanese external relations.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225 & SOS 245
IAF 400
Internship II

Second internship must be done after completing 72 credits; the students are to do practical training at a professional NGO for not less than 160 hours.

Prerequisite: NONE
IAF 410
Middle East in International Affairs
This course focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict,role of the major powers in the region, nationalism, the impact of imperialism, aspects of military strategy, development problems, oil politics, ethnicity,tribalism, culture, and religion in exposure politics in Middle Eastern states.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & (SOS 225 OR SOS 125)
IAF 431
Human Rights: Challenges and Development

A general study of Human Rights with political and historical perspectives. National and international legal issues are examined to identify the ideological and political motivations underlying the global and regional regimes and Human Rights organizations. The course analyses ways in which doctrines of Human Rights are dealt with by nation states, as well as other political actors, in the pursuit of their own interests.

Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 435
The Third World in International Politics
Focuses on the problems and political structures of the 'developing states' in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The course includes an inspection of class and ethnic conflicts, role of the military,and state's capability to support economic development and structural adjustment policies.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & (SOS 245 & SOS 145)
IAF 475
Theory of International Relations
This course offers a critical analysis of contending theories of international relations. Its focus is on alternative theoretical assumptions, different analytical structures, and a common core of concepts and content. It also presents a discussion of connections among theories of international relations and major changes in international relations.
Prerequisite: IAF 201 & SOS 225
IAF 490
Senior Seminar in International Affairs
This course is designed to enhance students' research, written and oral communication skills, and library research skills in order to strengthen their awareness of international issues and professional opportunities. The course includes presentations and discussions by students and guest lecturers.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
IAF 495
Senior proposal

In this course, the student will have to select a recent international theme, to present it and to integrate their ideas and readings on the said topic into a research plan. This course is a prerequisite for the Senior Project course -  IAF 499.

Prerequisite: NONE
IAF 499
Senior Project In International Affairs
To fulfill graduation requirements, each senior-level student is required to submit and pursue an in-depth study, empirical or theoretical in nature, that demonstrates his /her proficiency in the field. Unsatisfactory results may hinder the student's graduation. The course might be repeated for two consecutive semesters.
Prerequisite: Senior STanding
CHI 201
Chinese I
This is a basic course in Chinese conversation and reading, with stress on proper pronunciation and grammar, vocabulary acquisition, and learning about the Chinese culture and society.
Prerequisite: NONE
CHI 202
Chinese II
This is a continuation of the basic course, taking students into more depth into all aspects of the Chinese language.
Prerequisite: CHI 201
FRE 201
French I
This is a basic course in French conversation and reading, with stress on proper pronunciation and grammar, acquiring vocabulary, and learning about French culture and society.
Prerequisite: NONE
FRE 202
French II
This is a continuation of the basic course, taking students into more depth in all aspects of the language.
Prerequisite: FRE 201
GER 201
German I
A basic course in the elements of German grammar, syntax and morphology, with special emphasis on oral and writing skills.
Prerequisite: NONE
GER 202
German II
A thorough course in basic literary German, with emphasis on the vocabulary of modern German literature, the press, and current affairs. Grammar and structure taught enable the students to read, understand and translate.
Prerequisite: GER 201
ITA 201
Italian I
This is a basic course in Italian conversation and reading, with stress on proper pronunciation and grammar, acquiring vocabulary, and learning about Italian culture and society.
Prerequisite: NONE
ITA 202
Italian II
This is a continuation of the basic course, taking students into more depth in all aspects of the language.
Prerequisite: ITA 201
RUS 201
Russian I
This is a basic course in Russian conversation and reading, with stress on proper pronunciation and grammar, vocabulary acquisition, and learning about the Russian culture and society.
Prerequisite: NONE
RUS 202
Russian II
This is a continuation of the basic course, taking students into more depth into all aspects of the Russian language.
Prerequisite: RUS 201
SPA 201
Spanish I
This is a basic course in Spanish conversation and reading, with stress on proper pronunciation and grammar, acquiring vocabulary, and learning about Spanish culture and society.
Prerequisite: NONE
SPA 202
Spanish II
This is a continuation of the basic course, taking students into more depth in all aspects of the language.
Prerequisite: SPA 201

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