Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Arabic Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

57–58 credits spanning four years of study, including one semester of study abroad in an Arabic-speaking country.

Language Study: 26–27 credits taken over at least five semesters, including one of the following options:
Option A:
ARAB 1001Beginning Arabic I
ARAB 1002Beginning Arabic II
ARAB 2001Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 2002Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 3001Advanced Arabic
ARAB 3301Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 3302Media Arabic
Option B:
ARAB 1201Intensive Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 1202Intensive Elementary Arabic II
ARAB 2201Intensive Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 3201Intensive Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 3302Media Arabic
ARAB 4001Genres in Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 4002Arabic Narratives Through the Ages
ARAB 4501Arabic-English Translation
ARAB 4502Arabic–English Advanced Translation and Editing
ARAB 3501Arabic and Arab Identity
ARAB 3502Arab Film & Culture in English
ARAB 3503Fundamentals of Arabic Linguistics
Study Abroad:
12 credits, including a minimum of 6 credits in an Arabic dialect, taken at a program in a country in which Arabic is natively spoken

Exit Proficiency Exam: Majors must pass an exit proficiency exam at the Advanced High level of the ACTFL Guidelines in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, a student must have attained a 3.7 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.25 average overall by the end of the junior year, and no later than the beginning of the senior year consult a departmental faculty member about a research project to be prepared under the supervision of that faculty member through CLAS 3901 Directed ProjectCLAS 4901 Directed Project. Only if a committee of two faculty members approves the completed project will Special Honors be recommended; the research project must be graded A or A−.