Arabic

Major & Minor

Arabic

Majoring in Arabic enables you to gain proficiency in the language, study the area's literary and cultural landmarks, and gain familiarity with Near Eastern history and civilizations. Arabic alumni have gone on to pursue careers in law, government service, academic research. Studying Arabic is an enriching addition to any field of study, however, an exciting pathway to a variety of global careers.

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Study Abroad

As an Arabic major, you have several excellent study abroad opportunities from which to choose in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, etc. In these and other Arab countries, there are year-long or semester-long programs that focus on intensive language instruction combined with a selection of Arabic-related course work. Some of the programs feature home-stay with Arab families. You may also apply for summer language study in several Arab countries. These experiences are invaluable for refining one’s conversational skills and gaining a deeper understanding of Arabic society and culture. To learn more about how specific study abroad opportunities can fit into your degree click the button below!

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Major and Minor in Arabic

MAJOR

Units required: 24 advanced, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • 100- and 200-level Arabic, by course work or by placement
    (A student who skips the first four semesters of Arabic courses by placement must successfully complete L75 307D Advanced Arabic I. Students who complete the third level language course with a grade of B- or better will receive 6 units of back credit.)
  • L49 ARAB 210F Introduction to Islamic Civilization AND L49 ARAB 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
    (Students with substantial prior course work may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of their advisor and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Requirements:

  • 12 credits in 300- and 400-level language courses
  • 6 credits in 300- and 400-level other JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes
  • At least 3 credits in 300- and 400-level courses in a JIMES culture other than that of the selected language tradition
  • 3 credits in a departmental capstone course to be taken during the senior year
    (Students may take this course during their junior year with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

 

MINOR

Units required: 18, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • Both semesters of 100-level Arabic, by course work or by placement
    (Students who place into and complete higher levels of language courses may be eligible to receive back credit. Please see the department’s policy on back credit.)

Requirements:

  • L49 ARAB 210F Introduction to Islamic Civilization OR L49 ARAB 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
  • 9 credits in 300- or 400-level JIMES courses in Arabic language
  • 6 credits in 300- or 400-level other JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes

 

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