A minor in Arabic studies can be selected by students who wish to gain a basic understanding of the language as well as history, culture and literary traditions of the Middle East and North Africa. Please contact the department's undergraduate academic advisor for any questions.


Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits must be taken in Arabic language and literature courses, including a total of 9 upper-division credits. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better is required in all ARAB courses attempted. Each course that is counted towards these degree requirements must be passed with a grade of C- or better. Pass/fail work will not apply to the minor. Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credits, including 6 upper-division credits, of transfer work toward a minor. ARAB 1010 and ARAB 1020 do not count toward minor.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
ARAB 2110Intermediate Arabic 14
ARAB 2120Intermediate Arabic 24
ARAB 3110Advanced Arabic 14
At least two additional upper-division, 3-credit-hour ARAB courses. At least one of the content courses must focus on the premodern period.
Advanced Arabic 2
Arabian Nights, Arabian Days: Popular Literature in the Arab World and Beyond
The Making of Middle Eastern Identities: Arabs and Their “Others”
Islamic Culture and the Iberian Peninsula
In the Footsteps of Travelers: Travel Writing in Arabic Lit
Art in Islamic Cultures
The Arabic Novel
Arabic Poetry
Representing Islam
Narrating the City: Literary Mappings of the Urban Landscape
Tradition, Authenticity, and Reform in Islam
Gender, Sexuality and Culture in the Modern Middle East
Total Credit Hours18

Plan(s) of Study

This is a recommended plan. Students are encouraged to speak with their advisors for specific recommendations. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall SemesterCredit Hours
ARAB 1010 Beginning Arabic 1 (do not apply to minor) 4
 Credit Hours4
Spring Semester
ARAB 1020 Beginning Arabic 2 (do not apply to minor) 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Two
Fall Semester
ARAB 2110 Intermediate Arabic 1 4
 Credit Hours4
Spring Semester
ARAB 2120 Intermediate Arabic 2 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Three
Fall Semester
ARAB 3110 Advanced Arabic 1 4
 Credit Hours4
Spring Semester
ARAB 3120 Advanced Arabic 2 (or ARAB Upper-division Electives) 4 (or 3)
 Credit Hours0-3
Year Four
Fall Semester
ARAB Upper-division Elective 3
 Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ARAB Upper-division Elective 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours26-29