About the Program
The Arabic minor introduces students to the language, peoples, cultures, history of the Arabic speaking world. The minor develops a student's command of reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension in the language and may complement the student's intended major study.
Students wishing to major in the study of Arabic should see the major requirements in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures.
Students minoring in Arabic should fulfill the lower division prerequisite requirements. Students may also take a language proficiency exam to waive the elementary and intermediate language course requirements. Please meet with the undergraduate major advisor to arrange a language proficiency exam and to receive course approvals to fulfill the minor requirements.
Declaring the Minor
Students may petition to add the Arabic minor as soon as they begin their study of Arabic. Please submit the Petition to Complete the Minor form to the undergraduate student advisor.
Other Majors and Minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Studies
Ancient Egyptian Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (Major)
Near Eastern Civilizations (Major)
Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Major)
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Minor)
The minor program requires five upper-division courses in Arabic literature and culture. Students may overlap one course from their major in order to complete the Arabic minor requirements.
All courses taken to fulfill minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade and be at least 3 units.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in upper division courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
With the prior consent of the major adviser, students may take courses across various disciplines to fulfill the minor cultural and historical requirements.
Open to students with no background in the language
|Lower Division Requirements|
|ARABIC 1A||Elementary Arabic||5|
|ARABIC 1B||Elementary Arabic||5|
|ARABIC 20A||Intermediate Arabic||5|
|ARABIC 20B||Intermediate Arabic||5|
|Upper Division Requirements (five courses)|
|ARABIC 100A||Advanced Arabic||3|
|Two 1-semester literature courses 1||6|
|ARABIC 100B||Advanced Arabic||3|
|ARABIC 104B||Classical Arabic Prose||3|
|ARABIC 105B||Classical Arabic Poetry||3|
|ARABIC 107||Arabic Historical and Geographical Texts||3|
|ARABIC 108||Islamic Religious and Philosophical Texts in Arabic||3|
|ARABIC 111A||Survey of Arabic Literature (in Arabic)||3|
|ARABIC 111B||Survey of Arabic Literature (in Arabic)||3|
|ARABIC 115A||Colloquial Arabic||4|
|ARABIC 115B||Colloquial Arabic||4|
|Two 1-semester courses in Arabic culture/history||6|
Texts must be in Arabic. ARABIC 100B can count as one of these courses.
Faculty and Instructors
Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor. Persian languages, Persian literature.
Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor. Islam (social and intellectual history).
Daniel Boyarin, Professor. Talmud, rhetoric, Christianity, genealogy of, invention of Judaism.
Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor. Modern Arabic Literature.
Ronald Hendel, Professor. Textual criticism, Hebrew bible, ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology, Northwest Semitic linguistics.
Chana Kronfeld, Professor. Comparative literature, modernism, Hebrew, Yiddish, modern poetry, minor literatures, politics of literary history, feminist stylistics, intertextuality, translation studies.
Margaret Larkin, Professor. Near Eastern studies.
Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor. Egyptology.
Sabrina Sonia Maras, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
Benjamin Porter, Assistant Professor. Archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, Middle East, Arid Environments, anthropology, Heritage, tourism, and Museum Studies.
Carol A. Redmount, Associate Professor. Egyptology.
Carol Redmount, Associate Professor. Near Eastern Studies.
Francesca Rochberg, Professor. History of science, ancient near east, cuneiform studies.
Niek Veldhuis, Professor. Digital humanities, intellectual history, Sumerian, cuneiform.
Rutie Adler, Lecturer.
Hatem A. Bazian, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies.
Chava Boyarin, Lecturer.
Elsa Elmahdy, Lecturer.
Gholam-Reza Ghahramani, Lecturer.
John L. Hayes, Lecturer.
Lissette M. Jimenez, Lecturer.
Nawal M. Laymoun, Lecturer.
Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
Haitham S. Mohamed, Lecturer.
Laurie Pearce, Lecturer.
Barbara Richter, Lecturer.
Jason Christopher Vivrette, Lecturer.
Manuel Duarte De Oliveira, Visiting Professor.
Ayla Algar, Lecturer Emeritus. Turkish language and literature, language pedagogy.
Hamid Algar, Professor Emeritus.
Robert B. Alter, Professor Emeritus. Comparative literature, Near Eastern studies, 19th-century European and American novel, modernism, literary aspects of the bible, modern and biblical Hebrew literature.
Guitty Azarpay, Professor Emeritus. Art and archaeology of the ancient Near East and Central Asia.
Ariel A. Bloch, Professor Emeritus.
Wolfgang J. Heimpel, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
Anne D. Kilmer, Professor Emeritus.
David Larkin, Lecturer Emeritus. Egyptology.
James T. Monroe, Professor Emeritus.
Jaleh Pirnazar, Lecturer Emeritus. Modern Iranian history. Persian language and literature, Iranian Cinema.
Martin Schwartz, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
Muhammad Siddiq, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
David B. Stronach, Professor Emeritus.
Department of Near Eastern Studies
250 Barrows Hall
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology
Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian Studies & Islamic Studies and Professor of Persian Literature
Wali Ahmadi, PhD
284 Barrows Hall
Undergraduate Student Advisor
Rania Shah, MA
250 Barrows Hall