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The Arabic Studies Minor

To earn a minor in Arabic, students must take four units of Arabic language coursework and must take an approved elective. Students may choose to incorporate independent research into their academic program as well.

Many students choose to pair their study of Arabic with the study of another language or interdisciplinary study in international studies or a comparable major. The Arabic minor is organized in a four-semester sequence that fulfills the University’s COM-2 requirement. Additional independent study courses are available once a student has successfully passed the intermediate level. Advanced students can choose to become practice assistants or work in the Language Across the Curriculum program to hone their language skills.

Each fall, the department offers Arabic 101 and 221, and each spring Arabic 102 and 231 are offered. Most students, therefore, choose to begin their study of Arabic in the fall semester.


The Arabic Studies Minor

Five units, including:

  • ARAB 231 Arabic Comprehension

  • ARAB 301 Advanced Arabic I

  • ARAB 302  Advanced Arabic II

  • ARAB 397 Selected Topics

  • One unit, chosen from:

    • ANTH-350 Sex and Gender in the Middle East

    • ARAB 401 Arabic in Media

    • ARAB 402 Introduction to Arabic in Literature

    • ARAB-495 Independent Study in Arabic Studies

    • HIST-199 The Great War in the Middle East

    • HIST-271 The Modern Middle East

    • HIST-272 The Ottoman Empire

    • HIST-370 Contending Visions of the Middle East

    • LAWE-685 Muslim Family Law (when cross-listed with Arabic)

    • LLC-346 Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West

    • PLSC-355 International Relations of the Middle East

    • RELG-103 Introduction to Islam

    • RELG-105 Ninety-nine Names of God

    • RELG-205 Religion and Literature

    • RELG-215 Religion and the Arts

    • RELG-244 Sex and Family in the Greek and Roman Worlds

    • RELG-288 Saints and Sinners in Muslim Literature

    • RELG-385 Sufism: Introduction to Islamic Mysticism