AB 1020  - ELEMENTARY ARABIC II 4 credits

AB 1020 seeks to give students grammar basics with which they can start to structure their knowledge and practice and make comparisons with other linguistic systems they know. The two conjugations, the two kind of sentences and other material allows the students to go further and to progress in organizing the new lexicon in order to produce sentences in Standard Arabic. The domain covered by the course starts from everyday life and aims to reach fundamental description vocabulary for all kind of documents :  dialogs, texts, songs, maps, school documents, proverbs, etc.

Prerequisite: AB1010

GWU equivalent: ARAB 1099 VT: Elementary Arabic I


AB 1030  - INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I 4 credits

After studying the principles of morphological derivation which makes the students able to structure their understanding of the vocabulary production system, the course focuses on producing small texts expressing the students’ opinion and description of the material seen during the sessions. AB 530 gives the opportunity to go beyond simple contact and to interact in Arabic within the fields covered by the different documents. The field covered by the didactic documents broadens out to short authentic texts, short articles and literary production, as well as authentic documents such as letters, cards, advertisings, announcements…

Prerequisite: AB1020

GWU equivalent: ARAB 1099 VT: Intermediate Arabic I


AH 1000  - INTRO TO WESTERN ART I 4 credits

Teaches the skills needed for an informed approach to art and architecture by introducing the salient concepts, techniques, and developments of Western Art. Studies works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages in their K19 historical, social, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to museums and monuments in and around Paris.

AUP General Education: GE100

GWU equivalent: AH 1031 Survey of Western Art I


AH 1003 (Multiple sections) - INTRO TO ART THROUGH PARIS MUSEUMS 4 credits

Uses the unsurpassed richness of the art museums of Paris as the principal teaching resource. The history of Western Art is studied through the close examination of a limited selection of major works in a variety of media. The works chosen illuminate the political, social and religious contexts of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and Rococo periods, and the modern epoch. The course has an extra course fee of 35 euros.

AUP General Education: GE100

GWU equivalent: AH 1099 VT:Intro to Art Paris Museums

Course Fee: 35


AH 1020 – INTRO TO WESTERN ART II 4 credits

Continues the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Renaissance to the 20th-century. Emphasizes historical context, continuity, and critical analysis. Includes direct contact with works of art in Parisian museums.

AUP General Education:  GE100

GWU Equivalency:  AH 1032 Survey: Art & Architecture II


AH 1030  - LES JEUNES ONT LA PAROLE 1 credits

Les Jeunes ont la parole is a program organized by the Louvre Museum, in cooperation with a dozen Parisian educational institutions including The American University of Paris, to attract the younger generation into its venerable walls. As part of the Louvre’s Les Nocturnes du vendredi, participating students dialogue with peers and other museum visitors around a work of art that he or she has studied in depth. A unique hands-on opportunity, the one-credit course involves preparatory meetings, preliminary research, Friday-evening presentations, and a final write-up.

GWU equivalent:  AH 1099 VT: Les Jeunes Ont La Parole



Investigates the growth patterns of Paris from Roman times through the Second Empire. Studies major monuments, pivotal points of urban design, and vernacular architecture on site. Presents the general vocabulary of architecture, the history of French architecture and urban planning, as well as a basic knowledge of French history to provide a framework for understanding the development of Paris.

AUP General Education: GE100

GWU equivalent: HIST 3101 Topics: Europe



Explores the adaptation of ancient art by the Christian religious establishment and the interaction of early medieval artists with the Graeco-Roman tradition. Follows the development of medieval art in the West to the Gothic period by analyzing its spiritual dimensions and diversity as well as the impact on artistic creation of the changing centers of power and influences. AH 1000 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

AUP General Education: GE100

GWU equivalent: AH 3111 EarlyChristn&ByzntnArt&Arch


AH 2091 A - TOPICS: ARTS OF CHINA 4 credits

This course will provide a general understanding of Chinese culture through the study of objects produced over a span of three millennia. Thematically oriented, the course will extensively focus on specific objects on view in Parisian museums and form a basic understanding of the major artistic categories, such as bronze, porcelain, lacquer sculpture, painting and calligraphy. Students will acquire the analytical skills allowing them to situate objects in the cultural and historical context of production, and readings will not be limited to art historical texts.  Function, technique and canon formation will also be considered, and practices of collection and display of Asian art in Western museum will be discussed.

GWU equivalent: AH 1099 VT: Arts of China


AN 1002 (Multiple sections) - SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 4 credits

Sociocultural anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures.  This course is designed to introduce students to central areas of anthropological inquiry, a range of key theoretical perspectives and the discipline’s holistic approach.  Through field-based research projects, students will also gain familiarity with the discipline’s qualitative research methods (especially participant observation).   While students will encounter the works of key historical figures in the discipline, they will also discover current debates on globalization and transnationalism.   Finally, this course also strives to cultivate students’ ability to reflect critically on their own identities and cultures, thereby gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity and an improved set of intercultural communication skills.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: ANTH 1002 Sociocultural Anthropology



This introductory marketing course develops students’ understanding of the principles of marketing and their use in international business. Students learn how to collect and analyze data sets to make marketing decisions with the goal of understanding customers wants, demands, and needs; they learn marketing from a strategic and functional point of view. With a focus on problem solving, students work in multicultural teams cultivating a greater sensitivity to cultural issues while improving communication skills. Students will consider marketing in the French, US, and international marketplace.

GWU Equivalency:  IBUS 3201 International Marketing Management



English-language fiction has long played a vital role in shaping and inspiring French writing. The increasing cultural hegemony of the USA in the twentieth century is both part of this pattern and a more paradoxical phenomenon, inseparable from the challenge that new cultural forms, including the cinema and pop music, has placed on literary fiction. What is at stake when French fiction tries to do things à l’américaine, articulating French experience using American forms, settings and characters?  

This course will consider moments of literary exchange, anxious tension and resistance between the two nations. It will map and examine moments of such implicit and explicit dialogue from the nineteenth century to the present day. In particular, it will focus on writing from the last thirty years. This course will encourage students to consider how writers have explored notions of ‘Americanness’ and ‘Frenchness’ within fiction as well as analysing the porous relationship between the ‘European’ avant-garde and ‘American’ genre writing: the detective novel; the thriller; and even the romance novel. 

These moments of direct and indirect exchange will consider how contemporary American writers such as Bret Easton Ellis have been inspired by French novelists of the nineteenth century (especially Flaubert) and, in turn, have influenced contemporary French writers such as Houellebecq. The influential Gallimard crime imprint, the Série Noire (formerly home to Jean-Patrick Manchette and Thierry Jonquet), will also form part of our investigation. The class will additionally explore how recent French fiction (Virginie Despentes) has been inspired by the US TV series form and consider to what extent the contemporary French novel (Leila Slimani, Delphine de Vigan) too builds on the form of American bestsellers. The porus relationship between the contemporary novel and film and music will also be considered in this course.

In addition to theories and implicit politics of genre, this course will also explore how translation has contributed to transatlantic exchanges, key moments of Franco-American history (from the French Revolution, World Wars, military engagement, or otherwise, in Iraq), and cultural history (including French anti-Americanism, the pivotal political role played by Jack Lang, and the 1992 opening of Disneyland Paris). 

This course will be accompanies by a series of evening events/class visits that explore some of the themes of this course – details to be confirmed.

GWU equivalent: FREN 3300 Topics in French & Francophone Lit in Trans



Considers a selection of Shakespeare's plays in the context of the dramatist's explorations of the possibilities of theatricality. Examines how theater is represented in his work and how his work lends itself to production in theater and film today. Students view video versions, visit Paris theaters, and travel to London and Stratford-on-Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Company in performance.

GWU equivalent: ENGL 1340 Shakespeare's Globe



The intellectual anti-heroes of Dostoevsky’s novels, novellas, and short stories from the period beginning in 1864 have left a more decisive and enduring mark on Western culture than those of any other Russian writer. The author’s struggles with poverty, poor health, imprisonment, epilepsy, and gambling led him to question the existence of any social, moral, or metaphysical order. His underground characters, divided between reason and will, confront lust, despair, schizophrenia, and insanity, sometimes descending into sado-masochism, rape, murder, and suicide. We will read this powerful fiction with an eye first to its Russian context and then to a sampling of its international repercussions (Gogol, Tolstoy, Gorky; Faulkner, Sartre, Bernhard …).

GWU equivalent: ENGL 1099 VT: Dostoevsky



Reads Joyce's Ulysses in depth, and in the context of British modernist culture. Supporting readings include works by Wyndham Lewis and Virginia Woolf, and documents from contemporary periodicals. Articulates the relationships between stylistic creativity and the imagination of new possibilities for living, arguing that stylistic innovation attempts seriously and productively to grasp the emerging difficulties and opportunities of late capitalism.

GWU equivalent: ENGL 1099 VT: Ulysses & British Modernism


CL/GS 3081  - POST-COLONIAL LIT. & THEORY 4 credits

Explores literary works from Africa, Asia, India, Latin American, Ireland and/or the Caribbean alongside classics from the Western canon that address key colonial and post-colonial issues and concepts: imperialism, nationalism, globalization, empire, resistance writing, feminism, hybridity, border-crossing, exile and cultural translation. Introduces major voices in post-colonial literary and cultural studies, Franz Fanon, Edward Said, Homi Bhaba, and Gayatri Spivak

GWU equivalent: ENGL 1710 Intro to Post-Colonial Lit & Film I



Studies the Greek and Latin literature of the Roman Empire. Readings will include: Seneca, star prose writer and poet of tragedies that impressed Shakespeare; Lucanus’ anti-Aeneid; Petronius’ Satyrica, the first Latin novel; Tacitus, the dark historian; witty epigrams and biting satire; a speech On Magic; the Stoics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, one an ex-slave, the other an emperor; and Plutarch’s account of Antony's love for Cleopatra

AUP General Education: GE100

GWU equivalent: CLAS 1099 VT : Imperial Rome


CM 1023 (Multiple sections) - INTRO TO MEDIA & COMMUNICATION STUDIES 4 credits

This course provides a survey of the media and its function in today’s society. It introduces students to the basic concepts and tools necessary to think critically about media institutions and practices. In addition to the analysis of diverse media texts, the course considers wider strategies and trends in marketing, distribution, audience formation and the consequences of globalization. By semester’s end, students will understand the basic structures of today’s media and be able to provide advanced analysis that weighs the social and political implications of its products.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU equivalent: SMPA 1050 Media in a Free Society



This workshop trains students in magazine writing and production through hands-on experience working on a high-quality student magazine, the Peacock. Students participate in a newsroom setting in a variety of roles -- from writing and editing to pagination and layout -- to produce the Peacock in both print and online versions. Students will learn researching and writing techniques as well as how to interview and source stories for magazines. They will gain pre-professional experience preparing them for entry-level positions in magazine journalism – whether print publications or online magazines. Note: Up to 8 credits for Journalism Practica can be applied toward the degree.

GWU equivalent: SMPA 2110 Intro to News Writing and Reporting


CM 1851  - ONLINE NEWS PRACTICUM 2 credits

This workshop trains students in online news writing and website curation through hands-on experience working on a news site in the style of Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Daily Beast and similar sites. Students will participate in a variety of roles -- from editing and assigning to writing in specialized areas – to manage and curate an online news site in real time. Students will gain practical skills using different tools, including social media, while working a real digital newsroom setting. The course will prepare students for entry-level positions in digital journalism. Note: Up to 8 credits for Journalism Practica can be applied toward the degree

GWU equivalent: SMPA 2112 Intro to Digital Media Production



This hands-on workshop trains students in video journalism in a real-time newsroom and production studio setting. Students will gain skills working with video production equipment and editing tools including Final Cut Pro. Students will contribute video journalism pieces to “PTV”, the video platform linked to the student media website where their video work contributes to the content mix of news pieces, video work, and magazine stories.  Students will produce short video stories, narratives and interviews for the site. They will edit video pieces, post on YouTube, and use social media to promote their stories. The course will prepare students for entry-level positions in video journalism and for more advanced AUP courses in video and broadcast journalism. Note: Up to 8 credits for Journalism Practica can be applied toward the degree

GWU equivalent: SMPA 2112 Intro to Digital Media Production



Concentrates on the principles of communication in public speaking. Students learn and practice strategies and techniques for effective speech preparation and delivery of informative, ceremonial, persuasive, and impromptu speeches, and panel presentations. Helps students sharpen their oral presentation skills, express their meaning clearly, and become accustomed to public speaking.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU equivalent: COMM 1040 Public Communication


CM 2004 (Multiple sections) - COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL COMMUNICATION 4 credits

This course provides historical background to understand how contemporary communication practices and technologies have developed and are in the process of developing and reflects on what communication has been in different human societies across time and place. It considers oral and literate cultures, the development of writing systems, of printing, and different cultural values assigned to the image. The parallel rise of mass media and modern western cultural and political forms and the manipulation and interplay of the properties and qualities conveyed by speech, sight, and sound are studied with reference to the printed book, newspapers, photography, radio, cinema, television, new media.

AUP General Education: GE100

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU equivalent: COMM 1099 VT: Comp Hist Communication


CM 2006 (Multiple sections) - MEDIA GLOBALIZATION 4 credits

What is globalization? Why study the media? What is the relationship between the media and globalization? What are the consequences of media globalization on our lives and identities? This course critically explores these questions and challenging issues that confront us today. Globalization can be understood as a multi-dimensional, complex process of profound transformations in all spheres – technological, economic, political, social, cultural, intimate and personal. Yet much of the current debates of globalization tend to be concerned with “out there” macro-processes, rather than what is happening “in here,” in the micro-processes of our lives. This course explores both the macro and the micro. It encourages students to develop an enlarged way of thinking – challenging existing paradigms and providing comparative perspectives.

AUP General Education: GE110

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU equivalent: SMPA 1099 VT: Media Globalization


CM 2051 (Multiple sections) - COMMUNICATION THEORY & RESEARCH METH. 4 credits

The skills learned in this course will prepare students for upper-division communication courses, and provide students with basic research methods in the field of communication. Students will become familiar with a range of research methods (survey, interview, ethnography, discourse, and political economy.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020

GWU equivalent: COMM 3110 Research Methods – Communication



This course will familiarize students with a myriad of religious traditions and groups present in Paris and how practical co-existence works in different parts of the Paris region. Through classroom discussion and lecture, students will learn about projects, both face to face and using the new media, for overcoming religious differences in the service of tolerance and understanding. In the field, students will engage with different institutional frames such as school canteens, hospitals, prisons, mosques, synagogues, churches, sports clubs associations and also work with the organization “co-exister” to examine and document the practical realities of co-existence.

GWU equivalent:  IDIS 1099 Variable Topics



This course considers the construction of the visual world and our participation in it.  Through a transcultural survey of materials, contexts and theories, students will learn how visual practices relate to other cultural activities, how they shape identity and environmental basic ways, and how vision functions in correspondence with other senses.

GWU equivalent: AH 1099 VT: Intro to Visual Culture


CM 3033  - SCRIPTS FOR TRAVEL 4 credits

This course will focus on approaches to writing about travel and cultures of places. Emphasize will be place on developing unique writing styles and “voices” and contributing articles to the Peacock magazine and Peacock Plume website Travel page. Students will gain insight into the changing set of processes linked to the practice of commodified travel and the way space for tourist use is represented and used. Urban place-making and branding strategies are examined as part of the journalistic approach to travel writing.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010 OR EN2020 OR CM1011 OR CM2011

GWU equivalent:  IDIS 1099 Variable Topics


CM 3052  - RHETORIC & PERSUASION 4 credits

Studies rhetoric as a historical phenomenon and as a practical reality. Considers how words and images are used to convince and persuade individuals of positions, arguments or actions to undertake, with particular attention to advertising, politics and culture. Studies the use of reason, emotion, and commonplaces, and compares visual and verbal techniques of persuasion.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1000 OR EN1010

GWU equivalent: SMPA 1099 VT: Rhetoric & Persuasion



What actions have governments, civil society stakeholders, NGOs and private institutions taken to advance women’s rights and gender equality in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030? In parallel to the UN's SDGs and a recent Oxfam Canada feminist ‘score card’, this course will grapple with questions central to the subject of Women in Development (WID) and Gender and Development. We will undertake critical and much-needed explorations within the fields of representation and leadership, violence against women, conflict and crisis, climate change, and communication and media for development drawing from a wide range of texts by western and non-western scholars and experts, such as Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Lourdes Beneria, Shirin M. Rai, Nora Cruz-Quebral, Aili Mari Tripp and Beth Herzfeld

GWU equivalent: WGSS 1099 VT: Women & Development



Introduces the field of computer science and the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented perspective using the programming language Java. Starts with practical problem-solving and leads to the study and analysis of simple algorithms, data types, control structures, and use of simple data structures such as arrays and strings.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: CSCI 1011 Intro to Programming w/ JAVA



In nowadays data-driven world, having the basic skills needed to think critically about problems using data is a requirement for many intellectual, creative pursuits and careers. This project-based course introduces data science thinking by looking at the whole cycle of activities involved in data science projects. Based on real world applications of data science, we will consider the challenges involved in, for example, “asking good questions”, “appropriately collecting data”, “telling a compelling and useful data-based story”. We will explore the ethical questions posed by many data science related endeavors while also practicing skills and using tools for manipulating data. By the end of the course students will be able to think about problems with data scientific rigor and creativity, will be able to apply data science skills to address those problems, and will have a good understanding of the theoretical, mathematical and computational challenges involved in data-science.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: CSCI 1099  VT: Data Science Thinking


DR/EN 2000  - THEATER ARTS 4 credits

Offers a practical workshop in the art of acting and dramatic expression. Students learn to bring texts to life on stage through a variety of approaches to performance. This course develops valuable analytical skills through play analysis, as well as building confidence in presentation and group communications skills through acting techniques and the rehearsal and performance of play scenes. May be taken twice for credit.

GWU equivalent: TRDA 1025 Understanding the Theatre


EC 2010 (Multiple sections) - PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 4 credits

Focuses on the role played by relative market prices in our society and on the forces of market supply and demand in determining these prices. Since the actions of consumers and firms underlie supply and demand, the course studies in detail the behavior of these two groups.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: ECON 1011 Principles of Economics I


EC 2020 (Multiple sections) - PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 4 credits

Examines the determinants of the levels of national income, employment, rates of interest, and prices. Studies in detail the instruments of monetary and fiscal policy, highlighting the domestic and international repercussions of their implementation.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: ECON 1012 Principles of Economics



Emphasizes the stages required to produce a polished, articulate essay by practicing the necessary components of excellent academic writing: sharpening critical thinking skills, organizing ideas, choosing appropriate and dynamic words, varying prose style, editing, refining, and proofreading. Although this course carries 4 credits, it does not fulfill the University's English requirement.

Prerequisite:  EN0095 OR EN0950

GWU Equivalency:  UW 1020 University Writing


EN 1010 (Multiple sections) - COLLEGE WRITING 4 credits

Taught through thematically-linked works of literature from the Ancient world to the present day. Stresses expository writing, accurate expression, and logical organization of ideas in academic writing. Recent themes include: Childhood, Friendship from Aristotle to Derrida, Social Organization and Alienation, Monstrosity, and Music and Literature. This course satisfies only 4 credits of the University's English requirement.

Prerequisite: EN1000 OR EN1010

GWU equivalent: UW 1020 University Writing


EN 2020 (Multiple sections) - WRITING & CRITICISM 4 credits

A series of topic-centered courses refining the skills of academic essay writing, studying a wide range of ideas as expressed in diverse literary genres and periods. Introduces the analysis of literary texts and gives training in the writing of critical essays and research papers. Recent topics include: Utopia and Anti-Utopia, City as Metaphor, Portraits of Women, Culture Conflict, and Labyrinths.

Prerequisite: EN1010

GWU equivalent: UW 1020 University Writing


FM 1010 – FILMS & THEIR MEANINGS 4 credits

Students begin with an analysis of basic elements of film language (signs, codes, syntax). They study the technology, economics and politics of the film industry as it has developed in the United States and Europe. In the latter half of the course they will investigate the impact of television, video, computers and digital media in the history of cinema.

AUP General Eduaction:  GE100

GWU Equivalency:  FILM 2151 Film Theory



Analyzes classical Hollywood style from the 1940s onwards, looking at the work of some of the masters of the American system including Welles, Wyler, and Hitchcock. Studies postwar Hollywood genres including: film noir, the musical, the comedy, the Western, the gangster film, and sci-fi films. Traces important directions of postwar European Art Cinema (in particular Italian Neo-Realism and the Italian and French New Waves) and offers a brief overview of ‘new' cinemas worldwide.

Explores the important developments that have taken place in Hollywood from the 1960s through to the present covering topics such as: New Hollywood cinema, the auteur renaissance of the seventies and eighties, neo-noir in the nineties, the digital age, and contemporary cinema.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: FILM 2154 History of World Cinema II



From its earliest inceptions, cinema has been built out of and nurtured by the Science Fiction which dominated the end of the 19th Century. Fantasy, a brainchild of the Enlightenment, has also had a profound impact on the early directions of cinema, notably with the work of Méliès. Cinema has equally been fueled by rapid transitions in early 20th century developments in psychology, notably the Freudian concept of the uncanny. Technological progress, the urban alienation associated with the Modernist aesthetic and the advent of wars fought through the use of technologically advanced weaponry have contributed to a long standing fascination with these cinematic genres. This fascination is informed by these genres’ simultaneous escapist tendencies and their abilities to create striking allegories for the disturbing trends of the cinematic age. In this course, students explore the themes of both fantasy and science fiction cinema, such as the dichotomy of utopias and dystopias; the “trucage” of the early screen and the eminent fear of apocalypse which pervades much of these genres’ canons throughout their evolutions. Pivotal theorists such as Gerard Genette, Tzevetan Todorov, Susan Sontag and others are considered in order to provide the intellectual backdrop for these genres’ progressive move into central cinematic areas of study. The origins of the genres and the principal film directors who have shaped the genre are also analyzed in depth.

GWU equivalent: FILM 1099 VT: Science Fiction & Fantasy


FR 1100 (Multiple sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE I 4 credits

This course is an introduction to French and is intended to help students acquire the basic elements of spoken and written French. Students will learn how to express themselves in everyday life situations. The students’ basic needs for linguistic and cultural information will be the main focus of this course. In class, work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the city of Paris.

GWU equivalent: FREN 1001 Basic French I


FR 1200 (Multiple sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE II 4 credits

This course is a second semester Elementary French course, a continuation of level FR 1010 with emphasis on acquiring basic level of proficiency in the language and understanding the culture of France and the Francophone world. This course will enable students to improve their comprehension skills through the use of authentic audio and video material and to acquire vocabulary to face situations in their real life in Paris. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are reinforced and special emphasis is placed on pronunciation.In-class work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the City of Paris.

Prerequisite: FR1100 OR FR1025 OR FR125 OR FR1200

GWU equivalent: FREN 1002 Basic French II


FR 1300 (Multiple sections) - FRENCH AND CULTURE III 4 credits

The aim of the course is to improve and widen the listening, speaking and writing skills of those taking it, consolidating their knowledge of the full range of basic grammatical structures and broadening their general range of vocabulary.  By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the level A2 standard on the Common European Framework References for Languages.

Prerequisite: FR1200 OR FR1300

GWU equivalent: FREN 1002 Basic French III


FR/CL 2075  - THEATER IN PARIS 4 credits

This course essentially happens in the theatres of Paris, exploring the city’s fabulous resources, exchanging with practitioners and scholars from other institutions. We see ways of integrating music, dance and “physical theatre,” innovative explorations of classics from European and non-European traditions, avant-garde masters and the brightest young experimental troupes. We have theatre that directly questions political dilemmas, collective theatre and director-driven theatre, machine theatre and theatre based around great individual actors. Taught in French. Papers done in French or English.

Course fee attached.

Prerequisite: FR1200 OR FR2100 OR FR2200

GWU equivalent: TRDA 1099 VT: Theater in Paris



Ce cours enseigné en français s’adresse à des étudiants de niveau avancé.  Nous examinerons le rôle de la cuisine française au sein d’enjeux diplomatiques, politiques et coloniaux depuis la Révolution française jusqu’à nos jours. Par l’étude et la discussion de films, de livres de cuisine, de textes littéraires, historiques, sociologiques et théoriques, nous nous interrogerons sur le pouvoir imparti à cette cuisine qui se veut nationale et républicaine, soit au cœur de la construction de « l’identité française ». Le cours s’enrichira d’interventions de spécialistes des métiers de bouche et de la restauration, de visites de musées et d’un dîner dans un restaurant de renom.

This course is intended for students with advanced French linguistic skills. We will examine the role of French cuisine in diplomatic, political, and colonial issues, from the French Revolution to the present. We will study and discuss literary, historical, sociological and theoretical texts, as well as films and cookbooks, to better understand the power and limitations of this national and republican cuisine, central to the construction of “French identity”. The course will include interactions with food professionals, museum visits and a dinner at a renowned restaurant.

Prerequisite: FR2100 OR FR2200

GWU equivalent: FREN 1099 VT: La Cuisine Francaise Au Service


FR 2100 (Multiple sections) - FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IV 4 credits

This course reviews basic and complex sentence patterns in greater depth through discussions on students experience in Paris. Cultural and historical aspects of the French life are introduced. Students will learn additional vocabulary to express opinions, beliefs, doubts and emotions, and are shown various language registers (formal/informal vocabulary and structures) and intonations. Examples are taken from real life situations, film, television, newspaper articles, etc.The four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) will be reinforced.

Prerequisite: FR1300 OR FR2100

GWU equivalent: FREN 1003 Intermediate French I


FR 2200 (Multiple sections) - FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE V 4 credits

This high intermediate course allows students to reinforce and expand their ability to express themselves, defend an opinion, and debate with others. Special attention is paid to increasing students' ability to form complex sentences to express attitudes, wishes, necessity, doubt, emotions, to link ideas and to speculate.

Prerequisite: FR2100 OR FR2200

GWU equivalent: FREN 1004 Intermediate French II



Using authentic material from various media, the students will be given systematic exercises to improve their comprehension of a large variety of francophone voices and accents recorded in different contexts daily lives, media interviews or professional presentations). The students will summarize the main points of these short oral texts and therefore improve on their logical and oral argumentative skills. The students will also concentrate on the writing of these different documents and will try to rewrite them in the “French style”. Taught in French.

Prerequisite: FR2100 OR FR2200

GWU equivalent: FREN 2005 Language, Culture & Society I


HI 1001  - HISTORY OF WESTERN CIV. UP TO 1500 4 credits

Surveys the development of Western civilization and culture, from the ancient civilizations of the Levant, Greece, and Rome, through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: HIST 1120 European Civ in World Context



This course examines the major development of civilizations in East Asia from the 16th century to the present. We will examine the histories of China, Korea, Japan, focusing primarily on China. You will also be asked to think comparatively, examining not only how the different countries and regions developed in East Asia, but also how East Asian developments compare with the “West.”

GWU equivalent: HIST 3601 Topics: Asian History



This course examines the historical development of the Middle East from the rise of the Ottoman Empire to its decline, and later from colonial rule to national independences. It covers the Arab World, Turkey and Iran and follows four main general themes: Reform, Colonialism, Nationalism and Revolution.  The course is divided into two main sections which are organised chronologically and thematically.  The first part of the course deals with the formation of the Ottoman Empire, its expansion, and the rise of Safavids in Persia. It then covers the reform movements in the Ottoman and Persian (Qajar) Empires, the influence of Europe and the political and social upheaval brought about by the outbreak of revolutions in the early 20th century. Indigenous responses to European penetration and indigenous reform are analysed through an understanding of revolutionary movements, and the rise of nationalism.  The second part of the course examines the emergence of states in the Arab World, the British French accords and declarations, the question of Palestine and the Zionist activism and the debates around Secularism vs. Islam.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: HIST 3601 Topics: Middle East History



Focusing primarily on the cases of France, Germany and Poland, the class will start with an introduction to nineteenth century’s different paths of Jewish emancipation and approach to modernity in Europe and will afterwards concentrate on how citizenship, Nationalism, Zionism, Socialism, Communism, social and communal life, culture and memory evolved among Jews in Europe from the turn of the Twentieth century through the First World War, the interwar and the rise of Nazism, the Second World War and the Holocaust and finally the postwar period until today.

GWU equivalent: HIST 1099 VT: 20th C European Jewish Hist


MA 1020 (Multiple sections) - APPLIED STATISTICS I 4 credits

Introduces the tools of statistical analysis. Combines theory with extensive data collection and computer-assisted laboratory work. Develops an attitude of mind accepting uncertainty and variability as part of problem analysis and decision-making. Topics include: exploratory data analysis and data transformation, hypothesis-testing and the analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression with residual and influence analyses.

AUP General Education: GE120

GWU equivalent: STAT 1053 Intro-Stat in Social Science


MA 1030 (Multiple sections) - CALCULUS I 4 credits

Introduces differential and integral calculus. Develops the concepts of calculus as applied to polynomials, logarithmic, and exponential functions. Topics include: limits, derivatives, techniques of differentiation, applications to extrema and graphing; the definite integral; the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications; logarithmic and exponential functions, growth and decay; partial derivatives. Appropriate for students in the biological, management, computer and social sciences.

AUP General Education: GE120

Prerequisite: MA1002 OR MA1010GE120 OR MA1010 OR MA1025GE120 OR ELECMA-30

GWU equivalent: MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I


MA 2020  - APPLIED STATISTICS II 4 credits

Familiarizes students with several types of multivariate statistics methods with respect primarily to applications and interpretations in the area of social sciences. This course will cover the data-analysis concepts and procedures used in applied and experimental psychology, economics, business and in general in social sciences. Emphasis will be given to the qualitative interpretation and manipulation of mathematical and statistical concepts, showing the students their effectiveness through concrete applications. Students will use appropriate software packages for labs and projects.

Prerequisite: MA1020 OR MA1020GE120

GWU equivalent: STAT 1099 VT : Applied Statistics II


MA 2041  - LINEAR ALGEBRA 4 credits

Treats applications in economics and computer science, limited to Euclidean n-space. Topics include: the linear structure of space, vectors, norms and angles, transformations of space, systems of linear equations and their applications, the Gauss-Jordan method, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Uses Mathematica for graphics and algorithms.

Prerequisite: MA1030 OR MA1030GE120

GWU equivalent: MATH 2184 Linear Algebra I



This course is designed to highlight discrete mathematical structures. Discusses propositional logic, proofs and mathematical induction, matrices of relations and digraphs, set theory and number bases, combinatorial analysis, graph theory and Boolean algebra.The prerequisite for this course is MA1010 or above or CS 1040.

Prerequisite: 3 Credits From Range [MA1010 To MA2041] OR CS1040GE110

GWU equivalent: CSCI 1311 Discrete Structures I



This course covers the religious, cultural and linguistic diversities in the Middle East and North Africa. It exposes students to and familiarizes them with the origin of these diversities and traces its impact and influence on the modern Middle East. The Islamic identity of the region, its signifier, from the eyes of those outside the region is closely examined. The second part of the course turns to the rich linguistic and cultural diversities of the region, their origin, particularities, and their contributions to the identities of different groups. The role of linguistic diversity as both a unifying and a divisive force will be examined, and the region’s homogeneity and heterogeneity and the socio-political implications of cultural institutions are further explored through its literature, painting, calligraphy, food cultures and customs of dress.

GWU equivalent: IDIS 1099 Variable Topics



Often we disagree, and each of us believes they are right and have good reasons for their belief. But how can we know? This course introduces you to basic tools of formal reasoning so that you can make better arguments, assess the arguments of others and recognize typical mistakes in your own thinking and the thought of others. In contrast to most logic courses, this course combines deductive and inductive reasoning. It provides a systematic introduction to basic formal logic and argument analysis, i.e. the ways in which we use our existing knowledge, with an overview of fundamental causal reasoning, the basis for all empirical acquisition of new information.

GWU equivalent: PHIL 1099 VT: Intro to Formal Logic & Reason



Political philosophy forms that branch of philosophy that reflects on the specificity of the political. Why are humans, as Aristotle argued, political animals? How are they political? What are the means and ends of the political, and how best does one organize the political with such questions in mind? The course offers a topic-oriented approach to the fundamental problems underlying political theory and practice.

AUP General Education:  GE115

GWU Equivalency:  PHIL 2132 Social & Political Philosophy


PL 2070  - PHILOSOPHY OF MIND 4 credits

Systematic introduction to core questions of the philosophy of mind: What is consciousness? How

does the mind relate to the body? How does the mind relate to the world through perception, thought, emotions, and actions? Case-based exploration of the consequences answers to these questions have for our conception of, e.g., reality, social relations, moral values, and a person or self.

AUP General Education: GE115

GWU equivalent: PHIL 1153 The Meaning of Mind



The course focuses on the impact of the emergent discipline of political economy on modern philosophy. A brief overview of the work of Adam Smith and David Ricardo will introduce the concerns of political economy before the course focuses on Karl Marx's attempt to re-orientate philosophy through the critique of political economy.

AUP General Education: GE115

GWU equivalent: PSC 2439 International Political Econ



What is politics - the quest for the common good or who gets what, when, and how? We study what defines politics in the modern age: states and nations in the international system, collective action and representation in mass societies, trajectories of democracy and dictatorship, politics and development in the context of capitalism. The course will introduce the student to the concerns, the language and the methods of Political Science.

AUP General Education:  GE110

GWU Equivalency:  PSC 1003 Intro-International Politics



This course introduces students to the comparative study of politics, focusing on political behavior and the structures and practices that political systems have in common and those that distinguish them. We study different forms of democratic and authoritarian rule, state-society relationships, and key issues of political economy like development and welfare states. While the emphasis is on domestic features, we also analyze the impacts of globalization on national politics.

GWU equivalent: PSC 1001 Intro to Comparative Politics


PO 2031  - WORLD POLITICS 4 credits

This course analyses the basic setting, structure and dynamics of world politics with emphasis on current global problems, practices and processes. In doing so, it introduces the major theoretical approaches to international politics, and uses theory as a methodological tool for analyzing sources of change and causes of conflict and/or cooperation in the global arena.

GWU equivalent: PSC 1099 VT: World Politics



Studies the origins, politics, structures, and impact of international organizations with a focus on the United Nations group, specialized agencies, regional organizations, and international administration. Discusses the UN role in peacekeeping, decolonization, refugees, social and health problems, trade and monetary policy, development, technology transfer, and UN reform as well as new developments since the end of the Cold War.

GWU equivalent: PSC 1099 VT: International Institutions


PO 2050  - POLITICAL ANALYSIS 4 credits

This course examines the nature of knowledge claims in political science: how we know what we know and how certain we are. Research schools, the nature of description and explanation in political science, and basis issues of quantitative analysis will form the core elements of this course, while substantive themes may vary each year.

GWU equivalent: PSC 2101 Scope & Methods in Political Science



Examines concerns about interaction between environmental degradation and developmental aspirations that have recently been placed on political agendas around the world. Examines how and to what extent the international system imposes constraints on and presents opportunities for nation-states as they attempt to achieve sustainable development.

Prerequisite: PO1011GE110 OR College Level=Junior OR College Level=Senior

GWU equivalent: PSC 1099 VT: Intl Pol of the Environ


PY 1000  - INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 4 credits

This course discusses the intellectual foundations of contemporary psychology. Students learn about the concepts, theories and experiments basic to an understanding of the discipline, including classic thought and recent advances in psychology such as psychoanalysis, learning theory,biological mechanisms, developmental, social, cognitive, personality and abnormal psychology.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: PSYC 1001 General Psychology


PY 2042  - THE PSYCHONEUROSES 4 credits

Uses Horney's differentiation of the situation and the character neuroses to introduce the theory of a basic neurotic character structure, consisting of insecurity, anxiety, hostility, craving for affection, and the defenses.

GWU equivalent: PSYC 1099 VT: The Psychoneuroses


PY 2045  - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 4 credits

Studies the nature and causes of individual behavior and thought in social situations. Presents the basic fields of study that compose the science of social psychology, and how its theories impact on most aspects of people's lives. Topics of study include: conformity, persuasion, mass communication, propaganda, aggression, attraction, prejudice, and altruism.

AUP General Education: GE110

GWU equivalent: PSYC 2012 Social Psychology