Arabic Studies - Minor

The minor in Arabic Studies is an academic program open to all students in the university. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature and combines courses in Arabic language and culture with electives in Arabic studies, as well as a capstone project. The minor is a valuable complement to the academic portfolio of any student majoring in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, who wishes to add an international dimension to their intellectual profile. In addition, Arabic Studies faculty offer study abroad programs in order to enrich student learning experiences and cultural knowledge while helping students attain higher proficiency in the language.

Students must complete ARAB 101 and ARAB 102 before they may declare a minor in Arabic Studies.

Core Courses
ARAB 202Intermediate Arabic II3
Select two of the following:6
Reading and Composition
Reading and Composition II
Business Arabic
Media Arabic
ARAB 491Research (Capstone course)3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Arabic Language and Society
The Middle East
History of Islam
Rise of Islam, 600-1258
Modern Middle East
Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
Political Islam and Jihad
Directed Internship (in an Arabic-speaking country)
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Students must earn a “C” or better in all minor coursework.

Capstone Project

A capstone project that is completed in an approved upper-division Arabic Studies course is required of all students pursuing a minor in Arabic Studies during their final year of the program. It consists of a substantial research paper (15–20 pages) on an original topic and is conducted under the direction of a faculty member with the approval of the departmental advisors. Through the capstone course and project, students get a chance to integrate their classroom knowledge about the Arab world and use their study-abroad experiences and internships in an Arabic-speaking country, if any, to address an issue of interest to them. Issues that students can choose to address could be of linguistic, cultural, historical, religious, or political nature, among others. Upon its completion, and in coordination with the departmental advisors, the final project will be presented orally to Arabic classes in order to maximize its benefits.