Course Requirements

A.B. Requirements for Arabic Majors

Minimum 120 credit hours
Minimum 38 courses

12 Courses (unless lower placement requires additional language work) consisting of:

  • ARAB 111 Intensive Second Level Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB 112 Intensive Second Level Modern Standard Arabic II
  • ARAB 113 Spoken Arabic I or ARAB 114-Spoken Arabic II (depending on placement)
  • ARAB 201 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (must be taken no later than Sophomore year); or upperclass students who have not taken ARAB 201 can satisfy this requirementby taking an advanced course, ARAB 301 Topics in Arabic Islamic Civilization
  • ARAB 215 Intensive Third Level Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB 216 Intensive Third Level Modern Standard Arabic II or ARAB 217 Non-Intensive Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II
  • ARAB 350 Arabic Capstone Seminar
  • 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.