Arabic Minor

Political and economic developments in the Middle East, as well as the internationalization of many businesses and professions, have made understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic an increasingly valuable skill. As the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, as one of the official languages of the United Nations, and as the religious language of a quarter of the world’s population, Arabic is also a language with a rich literary and cultural heritage that deserves to be studied in its own right.

Requirements

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

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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 2039-10
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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Space, Identity, and Power in the Middle East
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Sociology of the Islamic World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Popular Culture in the Arab World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Imagining Palestine
History of Muslim Societies to 1500
IDEAs in Action General Education logo HIstory of Muslim Societies since 1500
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Arab Cultures
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Arabic Literature through the Ages
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Islamic Civilization
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Muslim Societies
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Women/Gender/Islam H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Arab Comics
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Medicine and Modernity in the Arab World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Arab World Photography
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Modern Middle East
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Conflict over Israel/Palestine
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Islamic Law, Ethics, and Practice
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Middle East Women Writers
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Borders and Walls in the Arab World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Women and Leadership in the Arab World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Everyday Lives in the Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Literary Diasporas of the Middle East
Readings in Arabic I
Readings in Arabic II
Sociology of the Islamic World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Science and Society in the Middle East
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Postcolonial Literature of the Middle East
Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East
Transnational Geographies of Muslim Societies
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Muslim Literatures
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Gender and Sexuality in Islam
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Islam and Feminism/Islamic Feminism
Revolution in the Modern Middle East
Women in the Middle East
The Middle East and the West
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sufism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Qur'an as Literature
Framing Identities: Franco-Arab Transvisual Transcultural Contexts
Readings in Islamicate Literatures
Total Hours12-13
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

ARAB 308 does not count toward the minor.

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

See program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Visit Program Website

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Arabic Program Advisor

Nadia Yaqub

yaqub@email.unc.edu

Chair

Morgan Pitelka

mpitelka@unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser

rvisser@email.unc.edu

Student Services Specialist

Ash Barnes

wow@unc.edu