Programs Of Study
Professor Kouymjian has had a varied professional career. He began teaching 40 years ago in the Humanities Program at the American University of Beirut; from there he went on to Columbia University in New York where he also taught Humanities (1961-64). From 1967 to 1971 he was Assistant Professor of Islamic History and Assistant Director of the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 1971-72 Dr. Kouymjian was Chairman of the Department of Armenia Studies at Haigazian College, and from 1972 to 1976, Associate Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History at the American University of Beirut. In 1976, UNESCO sent him on a special mission to train curators in archeological museums in Libyan Arab Republic on the conservation and preservation of their ancient coins. Later that same year he was engaged by the American University in Paris to teach classical, medieval and Islamic history and art. Though at Fresno State since 1977, Dr. Kouymjian has also taught elsewhere. In 1987 he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Lectureship by the United States government to teach in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Yerevan State University in Armenia. He was instrumental in establishing the Exchange Program between Yerevan State and Fresno State. From 1988-1991 he was Director of the Armenian Department and occupied the Chair of Armenian at the Institute for Oriental Languages (INALCO) of the University of Paris. More recently, in 1996-7, he served as the second holder of the William Saroyan Visiting Professorship of Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In these institutions he has taught a wide range of subjects: Armenian, Islamic, Classical, and Byzantine history and art, Western and Oriental humanities, film, genocide, and Saroyan studies.