Course Requirements

A.B. Requirements for Arabic Majors

Minimum 120 credit hours
Minimum 38 courses

UPDATE: The course requirements for the Arabic Major have been updated for the 2012-2013 Academic Year such that ARAB 321/322 is no longer a requirement. ARAB 201/202 has been added as a requirement, but only affects incoming students matriculating for their first semester in Fall 2012. Current majors, please contact your advisor if you have questions regarding this change.

All Arabic Majors are required to take 12-14 courses. Students beginning with First Level Modern Standard Arabic must complete 14 courses for the major, otherwise 12 are required.

  • ARAB 011 & 012 Intensive Beginner Modern Standard Arabic (Students who place out are exempt from these courses and need not substitute upper-level electives).
  • ARAB 111 & 112 Intensive Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
  • 1 Spoken Arabic course: Formal Spoken (ARAB 113 & 114) or Colloquial dialect.
    • Spoken Arabic must be taken concurrently with ARAB 111 and 112. These courses are not open for heritage students, students who have familiarity with a spoken dialect, or students who have completed the Study Abroad requirement.
    • Students are encouraged to fulfill the "Spoken Arabic" course requirement during their study abroad semester.

    ARAB 201 Introduction to Islamic Civilization I

    • Required for Freshmen and Sophomore level students
    • Note: The requirements for the major will be updated with the Class of 2019;  ARAB 202 requirement will be dropped and students will take an additional elective in place of ARAB 202. Current first-years and sophomores may also take advantage of this increased flexibility.
  • ARAB 215 Intensive Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB 217 Non-Intensive Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II
  • ARAB 350 Arabic Capstone Seminar
    • REQUIRED for all Arabic seniors
  • 5 ARAB content courses (electives) approved by advisor at the appropriate level
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is required for all majors.

Language courses cannot be taken out of sequence, i.e. a 200-level course cannot be taken after completing a 300-level course. 

Students who place out of required courses can fulfill the 12-14 course requirement by taking upper-level courses in the department. Please speak with your advisor for more information.

Free Electives: 12-16 credits

Including minor and/or second major.
It is highly recommended for those pursing a second major to contact the appropriate department as early as possible in your academic career.

Integrated Writing Requirement

Students fulfill the Integrated Writing Requirement by completing any of those courses offered by the department that are marked as fulfilling this requirement (see course schedule). Students majoring in Arabic may gain further practice in Integrated Writing by undertaking a senior honors thesis (visit here for more details).

The following courses fulfill the Integrated Writing Requirement.

  • ARAB 201 - Intro to Islamic Civilization
  • ARAB 320 - Arab Film
  • ARAB 323 - Poetry and Empire: The Arab Ode
  • ARAB 340 - Arabic Drama
  • ARAB 366 - Islam and Identity
  • ARAB 336 - Contemporary Arabic Novels
  • ARAB 350 - Arabic Capstone Seminar
  • ARAB 360 - 1001 Nights
  • ARAB 395 - Revolutionary Culture
  • ARAB 399 - The Arab Novel
  • ARAB 415 - Arab-English Translation 
  • ARAB 417 - Shariah Law
  • ARAB 420 - Literature: Age of Rhetoric
  • ARAB 423 - Modern Arabic Poetry
  • ARAB 426 - Poetry & Theory: the Arabic Ode
  • ARAB 470 - Intro to Arabic Philosophy and Theology


Pass/fail is not optional in the following courses:
All ARAB011 & ARAB012
All ARAB111 & ARAB112
ARAB113 & ARAB114
All ARAB213 & 214
All ARAB215 & ARAB216

Other courses can have pass/fail if the professor of the course approves it. 

General College Requirements: 36 credits

Please see your advisor for further details.

  • Humanities and Writing: 2 courses
  • Theology: 2 courses
  • Philosophy: 2 courses
  • Math/Science: 2 courses
  • History: 2 courses
  • Social Science: 2 courses in the same discipline

The following Arabic courses will fulfill the Social Science requirement:
ARAB 390: Introduction to Language

It is recommended that Arabic majors satisfy the History requirement by completing the following:

HIST 160: Mid. East Civ. I
HIST 161: Mid. East Civ. II



In April of each year, Arabic majors who are enrolled in Arabic language courses, are required to take an oral proficiency test, lasting approximately 30 minutes. This is a departmental requirement. Students who do not take the test will have their Arabic final grades withheld for the semester. Majors do not need to sign-up for this exam, but will be contacted in late March with more information concerning the date and time of the test.