Arabic Studies

The concentration in Arabic studies provides students with instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), as well as Arabic culture and literature. Students are expected to be able to communicate effectively in Arabic and interact with native speakers of Arabic in MSA. Students will be able to communicate in Arabic in the other two areas of language acquisition: reading and writing through reading authentic material in Arabic, and writing paragraphs in MSA. Literature courses expand students' knowledge in Arabic, Middle East, and Islamic culture and civilization. Students of all academic disciplines doing research on, or seeking employment in, areas related to the Middle East or parts of the Arab world will find the concentration in Arabic studies highly beneficial. Students should work with their undergraduate advisor as well as Arabic advisors when selecting courses.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 22 semester hours including 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses.

Language 4 Hours

ARB 202 (or higher) Intermediate Arabic I, G (4)

Core 9 hours

ARB 311 Advanced Arabic Skills I (3) OR ARB 411 Advanced Arabic Skills II (3)

ARB 321 Arabic Conversation I (3) OR ARB 421 Arabic Conversation II (3)

ARB 331 Arabic/Islamic Culture and Literature (3)

ARB 335 Arabic Culture and Islam, G (3)

ARB 341 Quran Text and Women (3)

ARB 351 Classical Arabic Literature (3)

HST 372 History of the Modern Middle East, SB & G & H (3)

Electives 9 hours
Select in consultation with an Arabic Studies advisor for additional course choices.

ARB 336 Intro to the Qur'an (3)

ARB 337 Hadith Prophetic Tradition (3)

ARB 352 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation (3)

ARB 394 Special Topics (1-4)

ARB 590 Independent Study (topics vary) (1-12)


ARB 598 Special Topics (1-4)

GCU 328 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa, SB & G (3)

HST 307 Studies in African History, H (3)

REL 365 Islamic Civilization, HU & H (3)

REL 366 Islam in the Modern World, HU & H & G (3)

REL 460 Studies in Islamic Religion (topics vary), HU & G (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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