Bachelor of Arts in Arabic

The Arabic B.A. will graduate students with communicative proficiency in the Arabic language, informed knowledge of Arab cultures, and skills that are critical to the pursuit of professional success or graduate education. The degree offers student-centered instruction throughout a well-articulated course series that includes outcomes-based assessment aligned with national standards for language learning.

Arizona Arabic Flagship

  • To create learning pathways that ensure students’ rapid progress in their years of study at the University of Arizona, followed by a variety of Advanced-level content-based courses.
  • To combine well-articulated year-long study and summer intensive programs overseas and at the University of Arizona.
  • To offer competitive Flagship scholarship funding to Flagship students for overseas studies.
  • To improve and support Arabic learning at the University of Arizona as a whole.

Project GO (Global Officer)

Project GO is a nationwide program providing training in selected strategic languages for ROTC students at 18 universities in the United States. The University of Arizona is proudly one of the few to provide Arabic language and culture training, and the only member institution to offer Project GO Advanced for Arabic language training.

Project GO is coordinated by the School of Middle Eastern North African Studies (MENAS) and draws upon this department's expertise. MENAS cooperates with the leadership of each ROTC service branch represented at UA, to include the ArmyAir Force, and Naval ROTC programs. Project GO accepts applications from all members of UA's ROTC community and beyond.

The program offers both academic-year training as well as fully-funded scholarships for UA's 8-week summer study abroad program in Jordan or UA's summer program on campus in Tucson and also semester-long Project GO Advanced opportunities with our Moroccan partner, AALIM. Please check out a video about UA Project GO summer programs.

Bachelor's of Arts in Arabic Studies

For the Major Requirements Tracking Sheet

Required Courses conducted in Arabic (or their equivalent): 16 credit hours

ARB 405 Advanced Arabic I (MENAS) 5 units

ARB 406 Advanced Arabic II (MENAS) 5 units

ARB 407 Fourth-year Arabic I (MENAS) 3 units

ARB 408 Fourth-year Arabic II (MENAS) 3 units

Required Course conducted in English (owned by MENAS): 3 credit hours

MENA 330 Language and Society: A course designed to explore the social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of Middle Eastern countries

Electives conducted in Arabic: 6 credit hours (All classes owned by MENAS)

ARB 424A Levantine Arabic I

ARB 424B Levantine Arabic II

ARB 427A Colloquial Moroccan Arabic I

ARB 427B Colloquial Moroccan Arabic II

ARB 439A Egyptian Arabic [I]

ARB 439B Egyptian Arabic [II]

ARB 484A Intermediate Levantine Arabic I

ARB 484B Intermediate Levantine Arabic II

ARB 495A Readings in Modern Arabic Prose

ARB 495B Readings in Classical Arabic Prose

ARB 495C Readings in Classical Arabic Poetry

ARB 496B Special Topics in Arabic Studies

ARB 496M Special Topics in Arabic Linguistics

Electives conducted in English: 6 units (Classes owned by MENAS, unless otherwise specified)

ARB 426 Introduction to Arabic Linguistics: History and structure of the Arabic language in its various forms.

ARB 448 Arabic Literature in English Translation: Overview of classical Arabic literature; pre- Islamic era to Abbasid periods. Explore artistic poetic characteristics of each of these periods and their most important genres. Examine political, social, intellectual and religious environments in the emergence of these four distinctive literatures.

MENA 334 Islamic Thought: A consideration of Islam, one of the world's major religions, and the view of the universe and the modes of behavior and values it advocates. Most of the course will be dedicated to an examination of the majority (Sunni) opinion, but some attention will be directed also to the more significant minority (Shi'i, et al.) positions as well.

MENA 350 Key Novels of the Middle East and North Africa: This course centers on novels from Arab countries, Iran and Turkey, focusing on how particular narrative forms enable particular visions of morality and social order.

MENA 408A Islamic Movements in the Contemporary Muslim World: The course objectives are (1) to acquaint students with traditional literature and contemporary research on Islamic movements, and 2) to introduce students to the historical and ideological basis of an emerging globalized political Islam.

MENA 417A North African Societies: The objectives are to highlight the thematic, theoretical, and methodological approaches and contributions in the field of North African studies and to underline the relationship, continuities, and discontinuities between the colonial past and postcolonial realities.

MENA 430A Language and Society in the Middle East: Explores the social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of Middle Eastern countries with the central goal of introducing students to the correlation between social and linguistic variables from a contemporary sociolinguistic perspective.

MENA 444 Islamic Mysticism: Origin and development of Sufism and its impact on Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.

MENA 454 Structure of a Middle Eastern Language: This course examines the grammatical structure, linguistic usage, and sociolinguistic status of a particular language from the Near East. The language covered changes each year, but may include varieties of Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, and other languages of the region. (Owned by LINGUISTICS)

MENA 463 Gender Issues and Women’s Literature in the Middle East: This course introduces Middle Eastern women's issues through a critical reading of literary works written by women in the major languages of the Near East (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) that are available in translation. Readings include poetry, short stories, and novels all analyzed within their social context.

MENA 480 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century: The modern Middle East in the age of imperialism, world wars, state formation, decolonization, and Islamic resistance.

MENA 484 History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1800-present: Origins of Zionism, and Palestinian and other Arab nationalisms from the nineteenth century and the post-1948 Arab-Israel state conflict in the Cold War era.

MENA 495E Struggle and Survival: Modern Middle East and North Africa, ca. 1850-present (Owned by HISTORY)

MENA 496B Special Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Studies

MENA 496G Islamic Law and Society: This course focuses on Islamic Law and Society, topics such as the life and teachings of Muhammad, political and theological controversies, and the classical tradition of Islam.

MENA 496S Colonialism and the Critique of Modernity: This course focuses on Islamic Law and Society, topics such as the life and teachings of Muhammad, political and theological controversies, and the classical tradition of Islam.

PDF icon Arabic Major.pdf229.18 KB