The minor has an emphasis on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are also introduced to important works of Arabic literature and culture. A minor in Arabic can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines. It is especially valuable in combination with global affairs, international relations, security, journalism, philosophy, and religion.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. Students must complete 18 credits at the 300-level or above with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ARBC

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Select three courses from the following:9
Advanced Arabic
Reading and Conversation I
Reading and Conversation II
Media Arabic (Spoken and Written) (Mason Core)
Advanced Arabic Media: Debates Context
Arabic for the Professions
Study Abroad - Arab World
Translation Methods: Arabic to English
Total Credits9

400-level Language Course

Select one course from the following:3
Survey of Arabic Literature
Advanced Arabic Grammar
Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core)
Total Credits3


Additional ARAB Course

Select one additional ARAB course (3 credits) from any 300 or 400-level course taught in Arabic3
Total Credits3


Select one course in English from the following:3
Major Arab Writers/Stories (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Modern Arabic Studies
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Islam and Politics
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Qur'an and Hadith
Islamic Thought (Mason Core)
Total Credits3