This minor introduces the field of Arabic studies, and offers training in the Arabic language and in the close reading of texts— including poetry, literature, philosophy, theoretical writings, essays, and film—with attention to problems of translation, the history of disciplines, and the formation of institutions. It teaches students to read cultural objects, practices, texts, and institutions as active sites of translation, negotiation, contestation, and invention.

Minor Requirements

  1. Lower Division Requirements (language proficiency)
    1. ARBC 001, 002, 003, and 004
  2. Upper Division Requirements (16 units)
    1. Twelve upper-division units in Arabic Literature and Culture from ARLC 120, ARLC/CPLT/MEIS 151, ARLC/CPLT 152, ARLC/CPLT 154/PHIL 128, ARLC/CPLT/MEIS 155/RLST 157, ARLC/CPLT/MEIS/RLST 156, ARLC/CPLT/MEIS/RLST 158, and any other related courses chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.
    2. Four upper-division units from CPLT 110 or a related upper-division course

Language Placement:

For information about placement exams contact Britteney Testino.

Committee in Charge

  • Jeffrey Sacks, Ph.D., Director, Comparative Literature/Arabic
  • Ayman Ramadan, M.A., Arabic
  • Juliet McMullin, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, ex officio