B.A. Arabic Degree Requirements

If you participate in the Arabic Flagship Program at University of Arizona, up to four of your Arabic major courses can be satisfied through the study abroad programs you will participate in through the Flagship Program. This makes it easy to complete the Arabic major, even if you already have another major.

Foundations

  • 1st Year English or equivalent
  • Math: PHIL 110, LING 123, MATH 105, 107, 112 or higher
  • 4th semester second language proficiency

General Education

  • 6 units Tier 1 Individuals & Societies
  • 6 units Tier 1 Traditions & Cultures
  • 6 units Tier 1 Natural Sciences
     
  • 3 units Tier 2 Humanities
  • 3 units Tier 2 Natural Sciences
  • 3 units Tier 2 Arts
  • 3 units Diversity

Minor

Required, minimum of 18 units (or double-major)

Modern Standard Arabic Courses

  • Complete all the following courses (16 units)
The course promotes multiple literacies in an integrated approach to Arabic language and culture studies and builds students' ability to function at the advanced level in a variety of topics.
The course promotes multiple literacies in an integrated approach to Arabic language and culture studies and builds students' ability to function at the advanced level in a variety of topics.
This course is aimed at students with solid advanced-level language skills. Building on this foundation, the course is designed to promote the development of superior level proficiency by increasing students' vocabulary, strengthening reading ability, str
The course is designed to promote the development of superior level proficiency in all four-language skills by increasing students' vocabulary, strengthening the reading abilities, refining and expanding students' knowledge of sentence structure and the mechanism of the Arabic verb system.

Language & Society

  • Complete the following course (3 units)
A course designed to explore the social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of Middle Eastern countries.

Major Electives in Arabic

  • Complete 2 of the following courses (6 units)
Extensive oral drill with emphasis on the acquisition of the facility in normal conversation and comprehension.
Extensive oral drill with emphasis on the acquisition of the facility in normal conversation and comprehension.
Introduction to Moroccan, its vocabulary, structure and sound system through a communicative learning approach.
This is a continuation of ARB 427A-527A. The focus is on spoken rather than written Arabic and will target oral/aural skills, speaking and listening. Knowledge of Arabic orthography is not required, as the text is in phonetic transcription.
Introduction to the Cairene dialect. Phonology, common greetings, basic vocabulary and grammar.
Introduction to the Cairene dialect. Phonology, common greetings, basic vocabulary and grammar.
This situation-based course builds on the proficiency acquired in the second "Conversational Levantine Arabic" course or equivalent and assists the student in reaching an intermediate-high level of proficiency in oral communication and aural comprehension.
Intermediate Levantine Arabic II is the fourth course in the Levantine Arabic sequence begun in "Conversational Levantine Arabic". The course focuses on spoken rather than written Arabic, and will, therefore, target primarily the oral/aural skills, speaking and listening.
This course presents selections of Arabic literary prose from a variety of different time periods of the late 19th and 20th centuries and represents various geographical regions.
This course presents varieties of texts from different prose genres - - history, biography, geography, Adab, literature: proverbs, stories, animal fables, Assemblies (ãÞÇãÇÊ) and popular literature (the Arabian Nights) spanning over a five hundred year period.
This course presents selections of Arabic poetry from a variety of different time periods, from pre-Islamic to Muslim Spain (Andalusia). Each poem will be analyzed in light of modern literary criticism and its infinitely rich and highly articulated language
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall vary depending on the content of the course.
The exchange of scholarly information on various topics related to the linguistic situation in the Arab World in particular and the Middle East in general. The scope of work shall consist of critical evaluation- both oral and written- of scholarly books and articles.

Major Electives in English

  • Complete 2 of the following courses (6 units)
History and structure of the Arabic language in its various forms.
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 pieces of literature.
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. The course has no prerequisite but does build on the information presented in TRAD 101 Middle Eastern Humanities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Origin and development of Sufism and its impact on Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.
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.
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.
The modern Middle East in the age of imperialism, world wars, state formation, decolonization, and Islamic resistance.
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.
The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants.
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
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.
What modernity is and how it came about have long been hotly contested questions. The relationship between modernity and colonialism has often been central in these debates. The course considers this relationship by investigating how intellectuals in colonized lands have understood and critiqued modernity in comparison with Western theories.

Electives

Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the 120 total units or 42 upper-division units.