Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Arabic Studies Minor

The Arabic Studies Minor introduces students to critical approaches to the study of Islam, Muslim societies and cultures of the Middle East. The goal of this interdisciplinary minor in the humanities and social sciences is to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Arabic societies and cultures in order to meet the demands of business, government and academia for skilled specialists in the language, culture, history and politics of the Middle East.

A minor in Arabic Studies consists of 18 to 24 credits (6 to 8) courses, at least two courses at the 300 level from the section of electives, including the following requirements:

Required Language courses:

53-115 Arabic I and Culture
53-116 Arabic II and Culture
53-215 Arabic III and Culture
53-216 Arabic IV and Culture

Selection of Electives (students may take 2 to 4 courses from the list below, two of which (6 credits) must be at the 300 level or above)

43.393    History of the Middle East and Islamic World
45.296    Intro to World Religions
45.328    Justice, Trauma and War
46.368    Middle Eastern Politics
46.389    Politics and Terrorism
46.402    Women in Islam
46.406    Research Seminar: Middle East Politics
48.234    Study of Minorities
53.494    Directed Study in Arabic
58.302    Studies in World Art
59.315    Islamic Culture and Contemporary Society [current title in ISIS]

  • For more information and/or to declare a minor in Arabic Studies, please contact Carole Salmon, Dept. of Cultural Studies, Coburn Hall or email at: