The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Minor in Arabic Language and Literature

The Minor in Arabic Language and Literature aims to equip students, who aren’t majoring in Arabic, with a solid background in Arabic language and literature. It includes language, poetry and prose in modern and ancient Arabic literature. This Minor can be taken by students from any major.

A Minor in Arabic Language and Literature complements our students’ major study in fields such as English Language and Literature, Translation, Journalism and Education. It gives them an extra edge in the hiring process and enhances their career opportunities.

Students who major in Communication Arts and focus on areas such as Film, Drama, etc… will find that a Minor in Arabic Language and Literature offers them an excellent interdisciplinary education and training, and prepares them to compete for better employment opportunities as well.

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the Minor in Arabic Language and Literature will:

  1. Communicate effectively in Arabic
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation for the Arabic language and literature
  3. Be prepared for graduate programs in Arabic or Middle Eastern studies

Curriculum

The Minor in Arabic Language and Literature requires six courses (18 credits). Three of these courses must be selected from each of the three categories: language, classical literature and modern literature.

The language course can be selected from the following:

Number Title Cr
ARA 303 Arabic Grammar and Syntax 3
ARA 304 Arabic Linguistics 3
ARA 305 Arabic Philology and Lexicography 3

The classical literature course can be selected from the following:

Number Title Cr
ARA 320 Pre-Islamic and Ummayad Poetry 3
ARA 323 Abbasid Poetry 3
ARA 324 Andalusian Literature 3
ARA 325 Classical Prose 3

The modern literature course can be selected from the following:

Number Title Cr
ARA 341 Modern Arabic Novel and Short Story 3
ARA 342 Arabic Drama 3
ARA 343 Modern Arabic Poetry 3
ARA 344 Trends in Modern Literature 3

The remaining three courses are to be selected from the BA in Arabic Language and Literature courses offered by the Department.


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