Arabic Major (B.A.)

Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world, and is used throughout North Africa and the Middle East. With over 420 million speakers, Arabic has been a driving force for advancements in science and cultural enrichment. Study Arabic and explore the rich, complex culture of this region through a multi-faceted and engaging course of study. You will be prepared for graduate study and careers in a diverse array of fields. Arabic is also one of the official languages of the United Nations. The Arabic Major is composed of 36-42 credits.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements39
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0
Major Requirements36
Free Electives45
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Prerequisites
ARAB 101 and ARAB 112 may be required as prerequisites.
Major Requirements
ARAB 121Intermediate Arabic I3
ARAB 132Intermediate Arabic II3
ARAB 193Introduction to Arab Culture3
ARAB 203Advanced Arabic I3
ARAB 204Advanced Arabic II3
ARAB 261Arabic Writing I3
ARAB 321Arabic Reading I3
ARAB 450Translation I: Arabic-English-Arabic3
Major Electives
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Spoken Arabic
Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature
Media Arabic
Arabic Grammar I
Advanced Spoken Arabic
Arabic Study Abroad
Quranic/Classical Arabic
Independent Study in Arabic Language 2
Total Credits36
 

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Introduction to Arab Culture (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits39

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Fulfilled by the major.
World Cultures
Introduction to Arab Culture (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits0

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
ARAB 101 Beginning Arabic I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
ARAB 112 Beginning Arabic II 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
ARAB 121 Intermediate Arabic I 3
ARAB 193 Introduction to Arab Culture 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Cultures 3
ARAB 132 Intermediate Arabic II 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ARAB 203 Advanced Arabic I 3
ARAB 261 Arabic Writing I 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
ARAB 204 Advanced Arabic II 3
ARAB 321 Arabic Reading I 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ARAB 450 Translation I: Arabic-English-Arabic 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120