Arabic Minor

There are 26 countries where Arabic is the official or co-official language, extending beyond the Middle East region. The Arabic minor facilitates students' acquisition of skills in this critical language (speaking, listening, reading and writing), as well as cross-cultural competence. The linguistic skills achieved in the successful completion of this minor will be at the Advanced or Intermediate-High Proficiency level in Arabic as defined and measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. This minor provides a strong complement to many majors and will prepare students to compete for national fellowship opportunities, graduate school, the job market — any opportunity in which proficiency in Arabic is required or preferred.

The Arabic minor consists of 5 courses (20 credits) as follows:

Required Courses
ARBC 503Intermediate Arabic4
ARBC 504Intermediate Arabic4
ARBC 631Advanced Arabic I4
ARBC 632Advanced Arabic II4
Elective Courses
Select one of the following 14
Introduction to Arabic Culture
Arabic Media
Geography of the Middle East
Medieval Islam
Medieval Humanities: Rise of Global Empires 2
Medieval Humanities: Rise of Global Empires
Medieval Humanities: Rise of Global Empires
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Total Credits20

Or another course closely related to the minor area of study with approval of faculty.


Please check with the contact for the minor to make sure that the topics covered are sufficiently relevant to Arabic studies.

Students may take equivalent courses while studying abroad to satisfy any of the courses required for the minor.