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Arabic and Islamic Studies


Students who minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies will read, write, and communicate orally in Modern Standard Arabic, allowing them to interact with native speakers and perform effectively in a daily environment. The interdisciplinary coursework includes classes in Arabic language and culture, religious studies, history, and political science. Students benefit from the one-on-one support and conversational and cultural enrichment from our Fulbright Teaching Assistants in Arabic.

The Arabic and Islamic Studies minor requires seven courses, with four required courses and three electives. The courses are:

Course Requirements:

  • ARAB 101: Introduction to Arabic I (3 credits)
  • ARAB 102: Introduction to Arabic II (3 credits)
  • ARAB 203: Intermediate Arabic I (3 credits)
  • ARAB 204: Intermediate Arabic II (3 credits)
  • ARAB 125: Arabic and Islamic Cultures
  • RLST 208: Islam (3 credits)
  • POLI 245: Comparative Politics: Middle East (3 credits)

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate communicative proficiency at the Intermediate Low level (or Above), orally and in writing with the Arabic writing system.
  • Discuss the influence of Islam on Arabic societies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geography and history of the Arabic world.
  • Display cultural competency when interacting with Arabic-speaking people.