Middle Eastern Languages Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Yaron Shemer, Middle Eastern Languages Minor 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


The minor in Middle Eastern languages is designed to encourage linguistic training that will prepare students for graduate study and for careers in journalism, foreign service, and international business, as well as other fields related to the Middle East. Students declaring this minor will be able to demonstrate commitment to Middle East studies, which will be considered favorably in the selection process for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS funding for Middle Eastern languages is available at UNC–Chapel Hill through five centers related to the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. Middle Eastern languages students can choose from Arabic, modern Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Persian, or Turkish.

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.

Core Requirements
The minor consists of five courses taken in any two of the Middle Eastern languages listed below.
Three courses above 203 in one Middle Eastern language. 9-10
Two courses at any level in a second Middle Eastern language. 6-8
Total Hours15-18

All courses must be selected from the list below:

ARAB 101Elementary Arabic I4
ARAB 102Elementary Arabic II4
ARAB 203Intermediate Arabic I4
ARAB 204Intermediate Arabic II4
ARAB 300Arabic Grammar and Composition3
ARAB 301Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic3
ARAB 305Advanced Arabic I3
ARAB 306Advanced Arabic II3
ARAB 407Readings in Arabic I3
ARAB 408Readings in Arabic II3
Modern Hebrew
HEBR 101Elementary Modern Hebrew I3
HEBR 102Elementary Modern Hebrew II3
HEBR 203Intermediate Modern Hebrew I3
HEBR 204Intermediate Modern Hebrew II3
HEBR 305Advanced Composition and Conversation: Immigration, Ethnicities, and Religious Traditions3
HEBR 306Advanced Composition and Conversation: Zionism and the Hebrew Language3
HNUR 101Elementary Hindi-Urdu I4
HNUR 102Elementary Hindi-Urdu II4
HNUR 203Intermediate Hindi-Urdu I3
HNUR 204Intermediate Hindi-Urdu II3
HNUR 305Advanced Hindi-Urdu I3
HNUR 306Advanced Hindi-Urdu II3
HNUR 407South Asian Society and Culture3
HNUR 408South Asian Media and Film3
HNUR 409Sex and Social Justice in South Asia3
HNUR 410Seminar on the Urdu-Hindi Ghazal3
HNUR 411Health and Medicine in South Asia3
HNUR 490Topics in Hindi-Urdu Literature and Language3
PRSN 101Elementary Persian I3
PRSN 102Elementary Persian II3
PRSN 203Intermediate Persian I3
PRSN 204Intermediate Persian II3
PRSN 305Persian Short Stories3
PRSN 306Persian Language through Literature, Film, and Media3
TURK 101Elementary Turkish I3
TURK 102Elementary Turkish II3
TURK 203Intermediate Turkish I3
TURK 204Intermediate Turkish II3
TURK 305Advanced Turkish I3.0

Note that ARAB 308, HNUR 220, and HNUR 221 do not count toward this minor. Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for special opportunities.