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ARAB 101 Reading in Arabic Literature (3-0-3)

Examines a selection of Arabic writings, letters, poems, stories, plays, novels and essays from pre-Islamic to contemporary periods. Selections will be discussed and analyzed. The objective of this course is to cultivate appreciation of Arabic literary heritage and to build awareness of Arabic cultural values, history and society.

ARAB 103 Arab Functional Writing

Improves students’ written and oral communication skills drawing on non-traditional approaches. It also develops grammatical concepts and their applications in writing. The course is conducted in Arabic.

ARAB 110 Readings in Modern Kuwaiti Literature and Culture (3-0-3)

Analyzes selected literary texts from modern Kuwaiti prose, poetry, and theatre in addition to some texts from popular literature (local dialect), covering the period from the Second World War to date.  Its overall goal is to improve the understanding of the current Kuwait cultural environment, its components, and its relation to national and regional affairs. The course is conducted in Arabic.

ARAB 111 Reading in Arabic Andalusian Literature (3-0-3)

Covers aspects of cultural, social and political life of Arabic Andalusia (between the 8th century to the 15th century). The course will examine this era writers and literary tendencies, in addition to the emergence of a genre type, indicating the most prominent writers in each type, including (Al Muwachih) the most distinctive Andalusian art of poetry.

ARAB 210 Reading in Kuwaiti Literature (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:  ARAB 101 or ARAB 103.

Analyzes selected literary texts from modern Kuwaiti prose, poetry, and theatre in addition to some texts from popular literature (local dialect), covering the period from the Second World War to date.  Its overall goal is to improve the understanding of the current Kuwait cultural environment, its components, and its relation to national and regional affairs. The course is conducted in Arabic

ARAB 211 Arabic Heritage: Culture, Society & Literature (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ARAB 101, or ARAB 110

Focuses on two major fields within the Arabic heritage: Culture and Society. It studies their characteristics in different epochs and different areas as they were illustrated by literary texts. The course also examines the relation between literature as a cultural product and the society in the Arabic heritage.

ARAB 212 Narrative and films (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ARAB 101, or ARAB 110

Focuses on "Comparative Narratology". The students will compare two or three forms of narrative fiction, literary novels, films or T.V. series that are based on these novels. During the course, students will acquire the necessary tools to analyze both texts and movies or T.V. series.

ARAB 231 Reading in politics of Kuwait (3-0-3)

Explores the key concepts of Kuwaiti political discourses, its development and its way of dealing with local, regional and international events. The course considers the democratic experience in Kuwait and analyzes its constitution. The course will focus on reading, analyzing and critically commenting on political speeches and the local press.  

ART 110 Art in Cultures (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Provides an introduction to the theoretical aspects of the arts including tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Students gain knowledge understanding theories on the notions of art and culture within a global context. Critical and creative thinking skills are developed through the analysis and interpretation of artwork in form of class lecture, discussions, essays, and/or reports on field work at local cultural venues or events.

HIST 103 World History to 1500 (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Provides students with a survey of the foundations and development of world civilizations from the pre-historic period to 1500 CE, with emphasis on political, economic, social, and cultural institutions.

HIST 104 World History since 1500 (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Surveys, in a global perspective, the most important historical developments of the modern era: from the emergence of long-distance trade and joint-stock companies to communist state planning, from the slave trade to colonialism, from the rise of modern empires to the self-determination of nations, from the World Wars to the Cold War.

HIST 144 Modern History of the Middle East (3-0-3)

Introduces the modern history of the Middle East by covering the period from the early 19th century to the present day. Discusses the political, economic, and social changes that shaped its development. Focuses on the encounter of Middle Eastern societies with the West, the rise of nationalism, and the role of religion in Middle Eastern countries.

HIST 152 Arabic Islamic Culture and Civilization (3-0-3)

The development of Islam as a religion and a civilization will be traced from its Arabian origins to its present position as the major religion of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Special emphasis will be placed on the Islamic state, Sufi mysticism, the Shariah, and the Muslim conflict with modernization.

HIST 225 Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa *

Prerequisites: any HIST course

Surveys the most important events and themes that defined the colonial and post-colonial history of sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the events included in this course are the “scramble” for Africa, the creation and consolidation of the colonial system, the struggle for decolonization and key issues in post-colonial Africa.

HIST 234 Age of Empires (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: HIST 176 or HIST 144, Co-requisite: ENGL 112.

Surveys the most important empires in modern world history. Compares the early modern expansion of the Ottoman Empire with the rise and fall of the early modern Portuguese and Spanish empires. Overviews various imperial models such as the seaborne Dutch Empire, British expansion in India and French colonialism in North Africa.

HIST 241- Arab Science and the Scientific Revolution (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: HIST 103

Provides students with a survey of most important achievements obtained by the Arabs in astronomy, mathematics, physics and medicine during the middle ages. It also shows the crucial role played by Arab Science in the formation of a new idea of what is scientific knowledge in the Western World in the pre-modern period.

HIST 255 American History since 1865 (3-0-3) *

Prerequisite: Any HIST Course

Defines and describes the evolution and development of American history since 1865 to the present with emphasis on political, social and cultural institutions.

HIST 300 - Selected Topics in History (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: POLI 101

Provides students with insights from various historical events and themes, utilizes theoretical approaches, including theories from political science, to enhance students' analytical skills

 MUSC 109 World Music (3-0-3)

Surveys the non-Western styles of Africa, Asia, and Oceania.  Nevertheless, also notes ethnic cultural music in Europe and the Americas, which developed with minimal or no influence from Western classical styles.  Considers the religions and societies which shape the music of these various cultures, including the influences of Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

MUSC 110 Introduction to Music (3-0-3)

Surveys the outstanding styles, composers, and compositions of Western classical music, from the Middle Ages to the present day.   Studies the foundational structural elements of Western music, including recognition of the orchestral instruments and voices used in performance.

MUSC 111 Class Voice (3-0-3) *

Studies the essential of Western vocal techniques. Involves group singing and solo presentations in Class with practical comments and guidance for improvements. Includes training in elementary solfege and sight-singing, as well as listening to recorded examples of fine singing from the present and past.

MUSC 121 University Chorus

Brings together students in a four-part, applied choral experience.   Draws upon repertoire from a broad range of multi-cultural, historical, and contemporary styles.  Elements of vocal technique will be presented and applied toward choral success.  Study of the semester’s choral compositions will culminate in performances on campus throughout the academic year, with the added possibility of representing GUST to the outside public. May be taken for credit for two semesters.  Students must come to the office of the professor for a brief audition before registering for the course.

PHIL 110 Thinking Skills (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Provides methods how to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Enables students to detect underlying issues in texts and to evaluate problems autonomously; to analyze the logical structure of texts; to define and express terms and thoughts properly and precisely; to analyze and evaluate evidences; to think clearly and systematically and to express ideas; to understand the logical connections between ideas and to identify, construct and evaluate arguments.

PHIL 115 Major Questions in Philosophy (3-0-3)

Discusses representative topics in philosophy such as free will and determinism, mind and body, the basis of moral judgments, knowledge and belief, the existence of God and evil, and the possibility of constructing a world view.

PHIL 125 Islamic Philosophy (3-0-3)

Considers philosophical and theological background and examines the thought of such notable Islamic philosophers as al-Kindi, Ibn Sina, al-Ghazali, and Ibn Rushd (from the mid-9th through 12th centuries). Topics include proofs for the existence of God, whether the world is eternal or had a beginning, the nature of the soul and whether it is immortal, and distinction between essence and existence.

PHIL 143 Approaches to Ethics (3-0-3)

Examines representative topics in moral philosophy such as moral relativism/subjectivism vs. moral objectivism, moral theories of obligation and value, and contemporary moral issues.  Traditional and contemporary writers will be considered.

PHIL 185 Philosophy oh Religions (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Investigates and reflects on some of the main issues in religion as such as: the nature and relationship between faith and reason, religious pluralism, the existence of God, the nature of God, the problem of evil, the relationship between God and ethics, life after death, the meaning of life, etc...

PHIL 190 Philosophy of Art (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Provides a general insight into the most fundamental principles of the philosophical discipline of aesthetics. Covers questions such as: What is design? What is style? What is fashion? What does it mean to be “cool”? What have philosophers said about all this during the last 2000 years? Is everything merely a matter of taste? Is taste subjective? Is there something like “bad taste”? Is there a relationship between aesthetic and ethics? Can something be bad and beautiful at the same time? Can art be useful?

WCCS 382 Crime Scene Investigations from the 19th Century to Present (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 112

 Provides students with an overview of the genre of crime and detective fiction through a critical study of representative short to medium-length texts in translation. The course complements other literature and culture classes available and aims to provide students with a critical apparatus to analyze a genre of popular culture. The course is conducted in English.

WCCS 383 Fairy Tales & Adventure Novels (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:  ENGL 112

Provides students with an overview of the genre of children literature with a focus on fairy tales and adventure novels. The student will get acquainted with international children's literature and the issues that surround it through a critical study of representative short to medium-length texts in translation. The course is conducted in English