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ARABIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic is designed to develop both the linguistic and intercultural skills of students to an advanced level of language competency.  Students will study modern standard Arabic and Arabic culture and literature.  The major focuses on creating proficient speakers of Arabic who can apply their language skills in a variety of disciplines and careers.  Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major should consult the undergraduate advisor.

PRIMARY MAJOR IN ARABIC

1) All of the following language courses:
ARB 201, Second-Year Arabic I (5 credits)
ARB 202, Second-Year Arabic II (5 credits)
ARB 301, Third-Year Arabic I (4 credits)
ARB 302, Third-Year Arabic II (4 credits)
ARB 401, Fourth-Year Arabic I (3 credits)
ARB 402, Fourth-Year Arabic II (3 credits)

2) Both of the following courses:
ARB 460, Special Topics in Arabic Culture (W) (3 credits)  
ARB 461, Introduction to Arabic Literature (W) (3 credits)

3) At least 3 credits from the following courses:
ARB 491, Special Topics in Arabic Studies (1-4 credits)
ARB 499, Senior Thesis Research (1 to 3 credits)
IAH 210, Middle East and the World* (4 credits)
IAH 211D, Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Middle East* (4 credits)
*Can only apply to electives if not being used to fulfill Integrative Studies requirements.

Completion of a capstone experience:
This requirement may be satisfied by completion of special assignments in Arabic 460 or 461, an advanced 400-level Arabic language course, ARB 499 Senior Thesis Research or by completion of an approved study abroad program.

Cognate Requirement:
There are two College of Arts and Letters cognates required (12 credits each).  At least 6 credits in courses related to Middle East history, arts, and humanities must be included in one of the cognates. Cognate courses are selected in consultation with the undergraduate adviser.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR IN ARABIC

1) All of the following language courses:
ARB 201, Second-Year Arabic I (5 credits)
ARB 202, Second-Year Arabic II (5 credits)
ARB 301, Third-Year Arabic I (4 credits)
ARB 302, Third-Year Arabic II (4 credits)
ARB 401, Fourth-Year Arabic I (3 credits)
ARB 402, Fourth-Year Arabic II (3 credits)

2) One of the following courses:
ARB 460, Special Topics in Arabic Culture (W) (3 credits)  
ARB 461, Introduction to Arabic Literature (W) (3 credits)

MINOR IN ARABIC 

The Minor in Arabic provides students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Arabic language and culture.

1) All of the following courses:   
ARB 202, Second-Year Arabic II (5 credits)
ARB 301, Third-Year Arabic I (3 credits)  
ARB 302, Third-Year Arabic II (3 credits)

2) One of the following courses:
ARB 460, Special Topics in Arabic Culture (W) (3 credits)  
ARB 461, Introduction to Arabic Literature (W) (3 credits)