Since its inception in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) prides itself on its commitment to the following words: “that they may have life and have it more abundantly". These words reflect the goal of the university’s education which is not only aimed at giving students the professional skills necessary for the workforce but also at improving their abilities to have meaningful lives, ones that involve self-reflection and a deeper understanding of their place in the world.
According to its mission statement, AUB “bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education". It believes in and encourages the “freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership".
What is a liberal arts education?
A liberal education in a university allows students to learn beyond their chosen field of expertise. It exposes them to a variety of different disciplinary lenses through which they can see the world. These requirements are set up in the General Education Program.
What is the General Education Program?
The General Education Program forms part of the curriculum for every undergraduate student. It includes a variety of requirements across different fields outside their major.
Students joining AUB in Fall 2023 or after, will be required to fulfill the requirements of the new General Education Program. Students who joined before Fall 2023 will be required to register for the old General Education Program.