Minor in Arabic

Catalog Year: 2023-2024


The minor has an emphasis on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are also introduced to important works of Arabic literature and culture. A minor in Arabic can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines. It is especially valuable in combination with global affairs, international relations, security, journalism, philosophy, and religion.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Select three courses from the following: 9
Advanced Arabic  
Reading and Conversation I  
Reading and Conversation II  
Media Arabic (Spoken and Written) (Mason Core)  
Advanced Arabic Media: Debates Context  
Arabic for the Professions  
Study Abroad - Arab World  
Translation Methods: Arabic to English  
Total Credits 9

400-level Language Course

Select one course from the following: 3
Survey of Arabic Literature  
Advanced Arabic Grammar  
Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3


Additional ARAB Course

Select one additional ARAB course (3 credits) from any 300 or 400-level course taught in Arabic 3
Total Credits 3


Select one course in English from the following: 3
Major Arab Writers/Stories (Mason Core)  
Special Topics in Modern Arabic Studies  
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)  
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa  
Islam and Politics  
Arab-Israeli Conflict  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
The Middle East in the 20th Century  
Qur'an and Hadith  
Islamic Thought (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3