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Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) currently offers courses leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Library and Information Science and clinical Science, and Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Media and Mass Communication, and Physical Education, as well as Arabic, English and French Language, Literature and Translation. An inter- disciplinary approach is stressed so that students receive a well rounded education. This is underlined in the mandatory Civilization Sequence program which all students at the University take.

FASS is keen to manage growth in a way that safeguards the quality of education and allows the introduction of necessary new disciplines and programs in keeping with the mission of the University. FASS plans to expand course offerings in the existing fields, and preparations are underway to develop new disciplines such as Archeology, Music and the Performing Arts, Sociology, Ancient Near-Eastern Languages, and major European languages, all of which are intended to lead to BA and MA degrees. A start has already been made in Spanish, with German planned to follow shortly. Stronger linkages are envisaged with the Center for Christian-Muslim Studies, and the Center for Antiochian Studies in the context of drawing on the particularities of the region and serving its needs. As part of its commitment to insure high quality education, the FASS forseen the need to upgrade some of its existing facilities including language laboratories, the media and communications laboratory, the educational aids laboratory, the computer laboratory, the physical education facility, the art and music studious and the library.

To maintain high academic standards, FASS is strengthening its capacity for research and publications in fields relevant to the needs of Lebanon and the Middle East , offering an expanded range of workshops and conferences, and enhancing links with academic and research institutions interested in similar subjects.

To expand and strengthen its course offerings and research, and to meet the increased demand for student enrollment, FASS envisages that the teaching staff will need to be increased for full time and part time staff, the vast majority of whom will be holders of doctoral degrees in their fields with a strong record in teaching, research and publications. This includes visiting scholars from around the world.

In addition, and to meet strongly felt needs, FASS is working on establishing three new programs: the Program for Public Policy and Good Governance, the Distance Learning Program, and the Program for Intensive Arabic as a Second Language. The first is essential for research and educational purposes in Lebanon and the region and for enhancing sustainable state institutions based on individual human rights and equal opportunity. This program would serve, in addition, as a resource for human development and good governance issues facing the region. The Distance Learning Program is intended for continuing education responding to the changing needs of the community and the ever growing body of knowledge. It will offer degree and non-degree programs, drawing on the various departments of the FASS. The Program for Intensive Arabic as a Second Language is mainly aimed at the children of Lebanese immigrants and to expatriates who are desirous of strengthening their Arabic language skills, oral and written.

In terms of physical facilities, the planned growth will require, in the long run, some additional classrooms and meeting rooms, and additional faculty and administrative offices as were as new and upgraded laboratories, a larger library, and other auxiliary facilities. For optimal educational and administrative purposes, it is envisaged that the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will eventually need to be housed in a dedicated new building or complex. Initial plans for such a structure are currently underway. In addition to requirements for space improvement, the most critical areas for which additional funding is sought over the coming years are as follows:

1. Merit scholarships and student assistantships
2. Support for new faculty positions
3. Research, conferences, publications
4. The Program for site Building and Good Governance
5. The Distance Education Program
6. The Program for Intensive Arabic as a Second language
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University of Balamand,
Balamand Al Kurah,
Lebanon

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