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Arab World Studies | Minor & Certificate

Minor in Arab Studies

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the minor requires a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and approval of the program advisor.


21 credit hours with grades of C or better with at least 12 credit hours unique to the minor and at least 9 credit hours at the 300 level or above

Course Requirements

  • SOCY-225 Arab Societies (3)
  • SISU-365-002 Topics in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture: Middle East: The World of Islam (3)
  • Five courses from the following with at least one selected from each group:

History, Culture, and Society
ANTH-439 Culture, History, Power, Place (3) (topics)
ECON-458 Economics of the World Regions: The Arab Economies (3)
GOVT-532 Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Regions (3) (topics)
HIST-248 Introduction to Middle Eastern History (3)
SOCY-531 Transnational Reach (3) (topics)

International Studies
SISU-215 Contemporary Middle East (3)
SISU-319 Arab-Israeli Relations (3)
SIS-571 International Relations of the Middle East I (3)

Undergraduate Certificate in Arab Studies

Admission to the Program

Open to undergraduate degree and nondegree students. 

Certificate Requirements 

  • 29 credit hours of approved course work with at least 15 credit hours at the 300-level or above with grades of C or better. 
  • Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 12 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 6 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements 

  • SIS-245 The World of Islam 3:2 (3) 
  • SOCY-225 Arab Societies 3:2 (3) 
  • Five courses from the Arab studies approved course offerings with at least one course from SIS and one course from either ANTH, ECON, GOV, HIST, or SOCY
  • Two courses from the following with grades of C or better: 
  • ARAB-102 Arabic Elementary I (4) 
  • ARAB-103 Arabic Elementary II (4) 
  • ARAB-202 Arabic Intermediate I (4) 
  • ARAB-203 Arabic Intermediate II (4)