Programs

Freshman Program

Freshman students admitted to Bachelor of Arts programs are considered “Freshman Arts” students, while those admitted to Bachelor of Science programs are considered “Freshman Science” students. However, freshman students in graphic design, interior design or business majors may elect to complete either set of requirements.

In addition to the list of courses, all Freshman students are required to take the workshop series.

Program Objective

The freshman year prepares you to pursue higher education within the requirements defined by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Curriculum

Workshop Series

This workshop series will provide you with contemporary skills and knowledge within the framework of Liberal Education learning outcomes. The series focus on activities that will aid students discover their own talent and potential for a successful university life and future careers. 

WRK101: Skills for the Future

Description: This workshop is based on the philosophy of education as presented by Howard Gardner. The principle underlying this course is to highlight the different types of skills, characteristics and values that form the foundation of a good student, citizen and human being in general. The course will include in addition to the 3-hour workshop, a pre- and a post- exercise. The pre-exercise is an icebreaker to engage students to think about their needs whereas the post exercise will be a letter written to their future selves. 

WRK102: Your Inquisitive Mind

Description: The workshop is structured around three sets of activities, each of which will help students engage with an area of critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. By the end of this workshop, students will have had a taster of some of the most important strategies that can be deployed to manage and develop their naturally inquisitive mind. Students will be encouraged to understand, embrace and celebrate their academic performance; and they will be challenged to be reflective and realistic about their potential and how they can help themselves achieve their best performance.

WRK103: Sneak Peek @ LAU & Beyond

Description: This workshop allows students to discover academic resources, tips, and strategies to get them started on the right path and to improve their academic achievement. It also helps them understand the different admission requirements for each major. Another goal of this workshop is to help students find an adequate major and clarify how they can benefit from Career Development Services while at LAU and after graduation.

Freshman Arts (30 required credits in total)

Required Core Courses (10 credits)

Number Course Cr.
ENG101 Academic English I1 3
ENG102 Academic English II1 3

BUS105

 

Business Mathematics 

OR MTH101 Calculus I OR STA102 Basic Mathematical Statistics2

 

3
POL230 Citizenship 1

1 Placement in an English course is dependent on English entrance exam results (SAT, TOEFL, etc.). Once placement is determined:

Science Courses (minimum 3 credits)

Number Course Cr.
BIO101 Introduction to Biological Science 4
PHY101 Introduction to Physical Science 4
CHM101 General Chemistry 4

Humanities and Social Sciences Courses (minimum 9 credits)

Humanities (minimum 3 cr.)

Number Course Cr.
ARA101 Arabic Essay Reading and Writing I 3
HST101 20th Century History of Lebanon and the Region 3
PHL101 Introduction to Philosophy 3

Social Sciences (minimum 3 cr.)

Number Course Cr.
ECO101 Survey of Economics 3
BUS101 Introduction to Business 3
POL101 Introduction to Politics 3
PSY101 Psychology for All 3
SOC101 Sociology and Society 3

Elective Courses (0 to 7 credits)

Number Course Cr.
PFA102 Music History 3
ART102

Art Appreciation (3 cr.) OR  

PFA101 Appreciation of Performing Arts (3 cr.)

3
POL235 Basics of Conflict Resolution and Transformation 1
POL237 Basics of Leadership 1

Freshman Science (30 required credits in total)

Required Core Courses (12 credits)

Number Course Cr.
ENG101 Academic English I (1) 3
ENG102 Academic English II (1) 1
MTH101 Calculus I 3
MTH102 Calculus II 3

1 Placement in an English course is dependent on an English entrance exam results (SAT, TOEFL, etc.). Once placement is determined:

Required Science Core Courses (minimum 11 credits)

Number Course Cr.
PHY111 Mechanics 4
CHM101 General Chemistry 4
BIO101 Introduction to Biological Sciences 4

Humanities and Social Sciences Courses (minimum 6 credits)

Humanities (minimum 3 cr.)

Number Course Cr.
ARA101 Arabic Essay Reading and Writing I 3
HST101 20th Century History of Lebanon and the Region 3
PHL101 Introduction to Philosophy 3

Social Sciences (minimum 3 cr.)

Number Course Cr.
ECO101 Survey of Economics 3
BUS101 Introduction to Business 3
POL101 Introduction to Politics 3
PSY101 Psychology for All 3
SOC101 Sociology and Society 3

Elective Courses (0 to 4 credits)

Number Course Cr.
PFA102 Music History 3
ART102

Art Appreciation (3 cr.) 

OR  

 

PFA101 Appreciation of Performing Arts (3 cr.)

3
POL235 Basics of Conflict Resolution and Transformation 1
POL230 Citizenship 1
POL235 Basics of Conflict Resolution and Transformation 1
POL237 Basics of Leadership 1
STA102 Basic Mathematical Statistics 3