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 18 credit hours including 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses.
  • NOTE: Students must demonstrate proficiency in Arabic language by completing ARB 202 or above with a grade of "C" or better, or by taking a language proficiency test.

Core 9 hours

ARB 311 Advanced Arabic Skills I  OR ARB 411 Advanced Arabic Skills II 

ARB 321 Arabic Conversation I  OR ARB 421 Arabic Conversation II 

ARB 331 Arabic/Islamic Culture and Literature 

ARB 335 Arabic Culture and Islam

ARB 341 Quran Text and Women  OR ARB 351 Classical Arabic Literature 

ARB 352 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation  OR ARB 422 Advanced Arabic Media 

Electives - 9 credit hours
     Notes: Core course selections cannot be shared with elective requirements. See Arabic Studies program coordinator for additional course choices.

ARB 321 Arabic Conversation I 

ARB 335 Arabic Culture and Islam 

ARB 336 Intro to the Qur'an 

ARB 337 Hadith Prophetic Tradition 

ARB 340 Arabic Translation 

ARB 341 Quran Text and Women 

ARB 351 Classical Arabic Literature 

ARB 352 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

ARB 360 Islamic Philosophical Literature 

ARB 421 Arabic Conversation II 

ARB 422 Advanced Arabic Media 

ARB 427 Reading the Arabian Nights

ARB 428 Arab Women's Writing

GCU 328 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa

HST 307 Studies in African History

HST 372 History of the Modern Middle East

REL 365 Islamic Civilization

REL 366 Islam in the Modern World






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