Arabic Minor

Department of Asian Studies

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Professor Li-ling Hsiao, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Lori Harris, Department Manager

The Department of Asian Studies offers five major concentrations, nine minors, and instruction in Asian and Middle Eastern languages. In addition to the interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies, there are language-focused minors in Arabic, Chinese, modern Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, and Persian.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in Arabic consists of four courses.

Core Requirements
Three language courses beyond ARAB 20310
Intermediate Arabic II
Arabic Grammar and Composition
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Arabic II
Readings in Arabic I
Readings in Arabic II
One course chosen from among the following:3
Introduction to Arab Cultures
Arabic Literature through the Ages
Visions of Emancipation in Modernist Arab Thought
Borders and Walls in the Arab World
Borders and Walls in the Arab World - Experiential
Women and Leadership in the Arab World
Readings in Arabic I
Readings in Arabic II
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Dissident Voices in Arab Cultures
Imagining Palestine
Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World
Global Perspectives on Arab Cultures and Societies
Modernity and Its Discontents in Arabic Literature and Culture
Readings in Islamicate Literatures
Crusader Art
Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (Eighth-16th Centuries CE) H
Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs (Seventh-12th Centuries CE)
Islamic Architecture and the Environment
Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean
First-Year Seminar: Arab World Photography
First-Year Seminar: The 2011 Revolution through Egyptian Eyes
First-Year Seminar: Power of Music/Music of Power: Cultural Politics of 20th-Century Arabic Music
The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East
History of Muslim Societies to 1500
HIstory of Muslim Societies since 1500
History of Iraq
The Modern Middle East
The Conflict over Israel/Palestine
Revolution in the Modern Middle East
Women in the Middle East
The Middle East and the West
The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Modern Muslim Societies
Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
The Qur'an as Literature
Framing Identities: Franco-Arab Transvisual Transcultural Contexts
Transnational Geographies of Muslim Societies
Women/Gender/Islam H
Modern Muslim Literatures
Sociology of the Islamic World
Total Hours13

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See program page here for special opportunities.