Arabic Studies: BA

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The objective of the Arabic Studies program is to develop an awareness of Arab-Islamic civilization, and to provide students with the ability to critically examine the different aesthetic, intellectual and cultural components of this civilization. Each student is required to fulfil Arabic language requirements and take a common core of courses from Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern History and Islamic Art and Architecture. Students should find opportunities in any line of work where knowledge of Middle Eastern culture or analytical and communication skills are important.

Students must demonstrate advanced level of Arabic  proficiency, either by completing ALNG 312/3502 or its equivalent, or sitting for a proficiency test, or by holding the Thanawiya ‘Amma. Students must reach this level of proficiency before their senior year. In exceptional cases, the department may give permission for deferral until the senior year. However, students should note that advanced-level proficiency is a prerequisite for enrollment in certain Arabic literature courses, as described below. Students who are required to take Arabic language proficiency courses may use a maximum of 15 hours of their elective credits to take language courses in Intermediate or advanced Arabic. Elementary Arabic courses may not be taken for credit.

With 39 credits required for the core courses of the major, BA students majoring in Arabic Studies have enough elective credit hours to choose minors or a double-major. The specializations offered within the ARIC major make it a complementary program to several others offered at AUC, such as: History, Political Science, Anthropology, Communications and Marketing, Journalism, English and Comparative Literature, Arts, and Architecture.


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Department of Arab and Islamic Civilization