Arabic and MENAS Double Major

The Arabic major allows students to achieve proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic and a variety of Arabic dialects. With career options in government and intelligence fields, international business, non-profits, and graduate programs in Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Arabic majors can benefit from the cultural competencies and depth of study developed by double-majoring in Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

Because the Arabic major allows 9 units of double-dipping of courses with a MENAS B.A., students can easily complete both programs in the same amount of time it would take to complete one major. This is because students who double-major are not required to complete a minor. The nine units toward the “Elective” requirement of the MENAS major (for MENA 330 -- 3 units), and the "Additional Courses" requirement in the MENA major for the other two courses (6 units). The nine units will count toward the "Language & Society" requirement in the Arabic major (for MENA 330 -- 3 units), and the "Electives in English" requirement in the Arabic major for the other two courses (6 units). Students will still need to fulfill all the other distribution area requirements for both majors.

For the "Additional Courses" and "Electives in English" requirements, students may choose two courses, 6 units from the following courselist, or obtain approval from the MENAS academic advisor, Sarah Williams for upper-division courses with MENA 7 Arabic content that may not appear on this list:

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/LING 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.

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/HIST 495E: Struggle and Survival
Modern Middle East and North Africa, 1850-present.

MENA 496B: Special Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
The content of this course changes each semester it is offered and depends on the instructor that semester.

MENA496G: 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.