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Arabic Studies Major

The 42-credit major in Arabic studies provides students with a solid background in the language, literature and culture of the modern Arab world.

The B.A. in Arabic studies prepares students for a range of professional opportunities, including careers in government, education, business and international development and communication. Students work toward competence in speaking, reading, writing and listening, as well as advanced knowledge of Arab cultures. The Arabic program offers extensive linguistic training in both formal Arabic (fusHa) and Arabic dialects, using an integrated approach where colloquial and formal Arabic are learned simultaneously. Students achieve cultural fluency by exploring diverse Arab societies and cultural zones and learn to approach them from a global perspective. Many undergraduates choose to double major in Arabic and another subject in the arts and humanities, business, science, politics or journalism.

Requirements for the Major

Foreign Language Placement Test

All students new to SLLC courses must take the online Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) before registering for classes.

Prerequisite Courses

(12 Credits)

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

ARAB104

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I-II

6

None

ARAB105

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic III-IV

6

None

*Please note that prerequisite courses do not need to be completed before declaring an Arabic major. However, the 12 prerequisite credits do not apply to the total 42 credits required for the major.

24 Credits

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

ARAB204

Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I

6

ARAB105

ARAB205

Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I

6

ARAB204

ARAB304

Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I

3

ARAB205

ARAB305

Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II

3

ARAB304

ARAB206*

Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic III

3

ARAB205

ARAB 207*

Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic IV

3

ARAB206

*To be taken alongside ARAB304 and ARAB305. Students taking 3rd-year courses in Arabic Summer Institute, please see the section "Summer Institute Credit Equivalencies". 

 

Electives

Electives (18 credits)

Electives in Arabic (minimum of 9 credits)

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

ARAB311

The Arab World Today

3

ARAB304

ARAB312

Islamic Culture

3

ARAB304

ARAB321

Arab Media

3

ARAB305

ARAB401

Reading in Arabic Literature

3

ARAB305

ARAB402

Arabic Translation

3

ARAB305

ARAB411

U.S.-Arab Relations

3

ARAB305

ARAB412

Modern Arabic Literature: A Survey

3

ARAB305

ARAB499

Special Topics in Arabic Studies

3

None

 

Electives in English (Maximum of 9 Credits)

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

ARAB251

Arabic Cinema

3

None

ARAB252

Arabic Literature in Translation

3

None

ARABThank 298

The Arabian Nights And The Art of Storytelling

3

None

ARAB351

Arab Culture and Civilization

3

None

ARAB341 / FILM341

Filming War Zones: Representations of Wars in Iraq And Chechnya

3

None

ARABThank 499

Special Topics in Arabic Studies

3

None

  • See TESTUDO for the current list of ARAB course offerings
  • All students enrolling in an SLLC language course for the first time must take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT).
  • Students must take language acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.
  • Courses in Middle Eastern studies taught in English outside the department may be occasionally substituted on approval of the program advisor or program director.
  • While most courses taught in Arabic are not open to fluent or native speakers of Arabic, others may be. Please talk to the program advisor before registering.

Transfer Credits

All transfer courses for which you wish to receive credit towards the major must be reviewed by the ARAB undergraduate advisor. Note that the student's final 30 credits must be completed in residence at UMD, of which at least 12 must be upper-level credits in the major.

 

Summer Institute

SUMMER INSTITUTE CREDIT EQUIVALENCIES 

 

UMD students enrolled in the Summer Language Institute can count their summer courses towards their Arabic degree program. Please see the chart below for course equivalencies:

Summer Courses

Total Number of Credits

Academic Year Equivalent

Number of Credits Applicable to Degree Program

ARAB104, ARAB105

12

ARAB104, ARAB105

12

ARAB204, ARAB205

12

ARAB204, ARAB205

12

ARAB315, ARAB316

12

ARAB304, ARAB305, ARAB4xx

9

Please note the following two rules: 

(1) Although 3rd year Summer Institute students will earn 12 university credits in total, only 9 credits will be applicable towards their Arabic degree: the equivalents of ARAB304 and 305 (3 credits each) and one 3-credit upper-level content course in Arabic.

(2) During the Summer Institute, dialect is incorporated into the daily curriculum. Therefore those students who complete ARAB315 and 316 in the summer are not required to take ARAB206 and ARAB207 in the following fall and spring semesters, but instead can take two additional 3-credit electives in Arabic in place of ARAB206 and 207.

 

Study Abroad

For information on study abroad programs see the undergraduate advisor and contact UMD Education Abroad.

Declaring an Arabic Studies Major

We recommend that interested students declare their major as early as possible

Step 1

Carefully read ARAB major Requirements

Step 2

Download the ARAB major sign-up and Arabic studies advising form (please note there are slight differences for Arabic Flagship students who are also Arabic majors). 

Arabic Studies Advising Form

Arabic Studies/Arabic Flagship Program Advising Form

Step 3

Read through all forms carefully, and pencil in a sequence of courses to discuss with the program advisor, Ahmed Hanafy (ahmeda@umd.edu).

Step 4

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities (301-405-2108) to make an appointment to discuss the non-Arabic aspects of your 4-Year plan (bring signed form from previous step), including CORE courses. Walk-in hours are also available.

Step 5

If you are adding Arabic studies as an additional major, check with your home department and college to identify paperwork you may need to complete.

Advising

For more information about advising, please visit the arabic studies home page.

Arabic Program Director

Arabic Program Advisor