Arabic Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Ana Vinea, Arabic Program Advisor

Morgan Pitelka, Chair

Pamela Lothspeich, Associate Chair and Fall 2020 Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser, Spring 2021 Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist

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.

Department Programs




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 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 2039-10
Intermediate Arabic II
Arabic Grammar and Composition
Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic
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
Medicine and Modernity in the Arab World
Introduction to the Languages of Morocco
Contemporary Moroccan Literature
Borders and Walls in the Arab World
Women and Leadership in the Arab World
Science and Society in the Middle East
Readings in Arabic I
Readings in Arabic II
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World
Readings in Islamicate Literatures
First-Year Seminar: Popular Culture in the Arab World
Literary Diasporas of the Middle East
Postcolonial Literature of the Middle East
Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East
History of Muslim Societies to 1500
HIstory of Muslim Societies since 1500
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
Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music
The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Modern Muslim Societies
Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
The Qur'an as Literature
Middle East Women Writers
Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature
Framing Identities: Franco-Arab Transvisual Transcultural Contexts
First-Year Seminar: Space, Identity, and Power in the Middle East
Transnational Geographies of Muslim Societies
Women/Gender/Islam H
Modern Muslim Literatures
First-Year Seminar: Sociology of the Islamic World
Sociology of the Islamic World
Total Hours12-13

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.