Double Major MENAS/Arabic

Become proficient in Arabic while also gaining cultural competency and deeper knowledge of Middle Eastern & North African Studies. Double majoring in Arabic and MENAS can open career options in government and intelligence fields, international business, and non-profits, as well as graduate programs.

Course Requirements

You can easily complete both the Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies majors in the same time it would take to complete one major. 

Students pursuing a double major in MENAS and Arabic can double-dip 9 units of coursework between the two majors:

  1. MENA 330: Languages and Societies of the Middle East counts toward the Required Courses in Arabic requirement in the Arabic major and the Elective requirement in the MENAS major. (3 units)
  2. MENA 334: Islamic Thought counts toward the Arabic Elective in English requirement and the MENAS Intro Courses Requirement. (3 units)
  3. One Upper-division MENA course will count toward the remaining Arabic Elective in English requirement and also with the MENAS Writing Emphasis or Additional Courses Requirement (3 units). You can choose from this list of courses for this requirement:
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.