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World Languages and Cultures

BA in Arabic Studies

Credit: Andrew A. Shenouda

Admission to the Program

Students must be approved by the department for formal admission to the major. Language course work may be waived if high school or other preparation warrants it. Placement will be made in consultation with a departmental advisor. 

University Requirements
  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and
    Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same

Major Requirements

  • 36 credit hours with grades of C or better. Prerequisite: completion of intermediate language level.
  • One of the following field concentrations: 12 credit hours in a second foreign language at any level or 12 credit hours in area studies in the major field at the 300 level or above or teacher education leading to certification to teach a foreign language at the secondary level or an approved minor related to the major field; for example, another language, business administration, communication, economics, political science, history, sociology, literature, anthropology, or international studies 

Course Requirements

Arabic (36 credit hours)

  • ARAB-302 Advanced Arabic I (4) (may be replaced by
    other 300- or 400- level courses if warranted by language
  • ARAB-303 Advanced Arabic II (4) (may be replaced by
    other 300- or 400- level courses if warranted by language
  • ARAB-304 Levantine Colloquial Arabic I (4)
  • ARAB-305 Levantine Colloquial Arabic II (4)
  • ARAB-425 Introduction to Arabic-Islamic Civilization (3)
  • ARAB-480 Senior Capstone: Concept of the City (3)
  • 3 credit hours of course work with a significant classical
    Arabic component as approved by advisor
  • 3 credit hours of linguistics course work from the following:
  • ANTH-225 Language and Human Experience (3)
  • ANTH-254 Language and Culture (3) 
  • TESL-5xx course as approved by advisor 
  • Remaining credit hours at the 400 level or above in Arabic studies or study abroad courses as approved by advisor

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs. Undergraduate students may complete up to 3 credits for every 9 credits required for the graduate degree that may be applied to the requirements for both degree programs.  The department that oversees the graduate program the student enters will determine if the courses the undergraduate student completes will satisfy master’s degree requirements. 

Bachelor’s/master’s students must complete at least 18 in-residence credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor’s degree is earned and  maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.

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For More Information

Prof. Erez Naaman
McCabe, Room 207

General Program Info:
Prof. George Berg
Jack Child Hall, Room B-7

Major in Arabic Studies
Courtney Pollack
McCabe, Room 212

Minor in Arabic Language
Courtney Pollack
McCabe, Room 212

AU Abroad Arabic / Middle East Programs
Kelly Jo Bahry