2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.A. in Arabic Language and Culture

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Language and Culture degree prepares students to read, write and speak Modern Standard Arabic and to gain deep insights into Arabic people, society and customs. 

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online)


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
3 or 4
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  English Composition II
  • General Education Options Courses (two courses)
Required Major Courses 18
ARB 101  Elementary Arabic I 3
ARB 102  Elementary Arabic II 3
ARB 203  Intermediate Arabic I 3
ARB 204  Intermediate Arabic II 3
ARB 350  Advanced Arabic I 3
ARB 351  Advanced Arabic II 3
Required Related Courses 12
Select from the following:
  • MFL 481  Mod Lang Intern (3-12 credits)
  • MFL 460  Mod Lang and Cultural Intern (3-12 credits)
  • MFL 479  Mod Lang and Field Studies (3-12 credits)
  • ARB 480  Selected Topics in Arabic (3-12 credits)
  • ARB 311  Arabic Conversation (3 credits)
  • ARB 341  Contemp. Arabic Culture (3 credits)
  • ARB 342  The Culture of Islam (3 credits)
  • ARB 343  Images of Islam (3 credits)
  • ARB 401  Intro. to Arabic Linguistics (3 credits)
  • ARB 402  Arabic Translation (3 credits)
  • ARB 421  Arabic Lit. in Translation (3 credits)
Related Electives 6
Select two courses in a foreign language and/or culture other than Arabic 6
Free Electives 44
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Approved Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any Approved Writing-Intensive, Upper-Division ARB courses
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Approved Laboratory Course

Program Notes:

  • Graduation Requirements: Minimum GPA - 2.00; Minimum Credits - 120 for only B.A. All major and general education courses completed.
  • 42 credits of the required 120 credits must include advanced-standing courses (defined as any course numbered 200 or above with at least one pre-requisite course). Any course numbered 200-299 must have at least one pre-requisite course to be counted as upper division. 300 level and above is counted automatically as upper division.
  • Academic Advisement: Consult your adviser regarding an appropriate schedule and all other issues relating to your major.
  • Additional Reminders: Developmental courses do not count toward the credits necessary for graduation but are calculated in your overall GPA.

Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's Program

An accelerated bachelor's-to-master's Arabic program is also available to undergraduate students who qualify. Curriculum requirements are listed under the "Accelerated Programs" section of this catalog.

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