Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Arabic Concentration

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in foreign languages must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition, students must complete a concentration in one of the following:

◊ Concentration in Arabic (ARBC)

The concentration in Arabic has an emphasis on developing strong language skills, including literacy and oral communication, along with an in-depth understanding of modern Arabic culture and society. Students concentrating in Arabic are expected to gain fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and a working knowledge of at least one Arabic dialect. Additionally, students will graduate with a strong background in Arab intellectual history, literature, and culture.

Students pursuing the concentration in Arabic must complete a minimum of 30 credits in Arabic at the 300 level and above, each with a minimum grade of 2.00. Only two courses (6 credits) taught in English may be applied to the major. Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad.

A minor in Arabic is also offered, which can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines, such as global affairs, international relations, government, journalism, philosophy, and religion.

Eight core courses (24 credits) chosen from:

ARAB 330 - Reading and Conversation I Credits: 3

ARAB 331 - Reading and Conversation II Credits: 3

ARAB 350 - Media Arabic I (Written Media) Credits: 3

ARAB 351 - Media Arabic II (Spoken Media) Credits: 3

ARAB 375 - Study Abroad - Arab World Credits: 1-6

ARAB 380 - Arabic Dialects Credits: 3

ARAB 390 - Translation Methods: Arabic to English Credits: 3

ARAB 420 - Survey of Arabic Literature Credits: 3

ARAB 430 - Advanced Arabic Grammar Credits: 3

ARAB 440 - Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts Credits: 3

ARAB 498 - Independent Study Credits: 1-6

Two elective courses (6 credits) chosen from:

With the approval of their advisor and the director, students may apply to this requirement relevant courses in anthropology (ANTH), art history (ARTH), English (ENGH), government (GOVT), history (HIST), philosophy (PHIL), religious studies (RELI), and sociology (SOCI).

ARAB 325 - Major Arab Writers/Stories Credits: 3

ARAB 360 - Topics in Arabic Cultural Production Credits: 3

Total: 30 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in foreign language may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing CHIN 480, FREN 309, or SPAN 370.


Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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