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Arabic Major Information

BEGINNING SPRING 2009 the Religion Department at UGA will begin offering an Arabic Major.

To declare a major in Arabic, go to the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences office of Student Academic Services Room 152 Memorial Hall.
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Undergraduate Requirements

A major must contain at least 21 hours of upper division course work (3000-level or above).

Special Requirements:
All upper-division courses fulfilling the major requirement must be taken in residence with the exception of a maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit. Upper-division transfer credit from a non-UGA study abroad program may be applied to the major, subject to approval by the department, and provided that credit for ARAB 1002 (or an equivalent course) was earned before participation in the program.
All ARAB courses must receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or above to count toward major.

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Required Courses (21 hours):

ARAB 3005. Advanced Standard Arabic I. 3 hours.
ARAB 3006. Advanced Standard Arabic II. 3 hours.
ARAB 4107. Islamic Arabic I. 3 hours.
ARAB 4108. Islamic Arabic II. 3 hours.
ARAB 4201. Advanced Conversation and Composition in Standard Arabic I. 3 hours
ARAB 4202. Advanced Conversation and Composition in Standard Arabic II, 3 hours
ARAB 4300. Media Arabic. 3 hrs

Major Electives (15 hours):

All upper-division courses fulfiilling the major requirements must be taken in residence with the exception of a maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit. Upper-division transfer credit from a non-UGA study abroad program may be applied to the major, subject to approval by the department, and provided that the credit for ARAB 1002 (or equivalent course) was earned before participation in the program.
All ARAB courses must receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher to count toward the major.


Foreign Language (through the third semester)
Any non-required Arabic upper division course such as
ARAB 4000. Moroccan Dialectical Arabic. 4 hours.
ARAB 4100. Reading and Research in Arabic and Islamic Literature. 3 hours.
RELI 4300. Islam and Its World. 3 hours.
RELI 4301. Islamic Thought in the Caliphal Age. 3 hours.
RELI 4302. Islam and the Modern World. 3 hours.
RELI 4303. The Sufi Way. 3 hours.
RELI 4304. The Koran, Sacred Text of Islam. 3 hours.
RELI 4305. Mohammad, Life and Teachings from Earliest Sources. 3 hours.
RELI(CMLT) 4307. Comparative Islamic Literature. 3 hours.
RELI 4310. Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco. 4 hours.
HIST 3561. The Medieval Middle East (600-1517). 3 hours.
HIST 3562. The Middle East From 1453 to 1918. 3 hours.
HIST 3564. The Middle East Since 1914. 3 hours.
HIST 3570H. Religion, Nationalism, and Revolution in the Middle East, 1900 to the Present
(Honors). 3 hours.
HIST 3580. Egypt: Mother of Civilization. 3 hours.
HIST 4530. The History of Orientalism. 3 hours.
HIST 4560. Studies in Middle Eastern History. 3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 12 hours credit.
HIST 4580. The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 hours.
INTL 4370. Middle Eastern Political Systems. 3 hours.
INTL 4490. American Foreign Policy and the Middle East. 3 hours.

Core Requirements (60 hrs):
Areas I-V: 40-42 hrs.
Area VI: (Courses related to the major): 18-22 hrs. ARAB 1001-1002 (Beginning Arabic I & II), 2003-2004 (Intermediate Arabic I & II), plus an additional 2 courses in 1000/2000 level courses in: ANTH, ARTS, BENG, CMLT, HIST, INDO, INTL, GEOG, LING, MUSI, PASH, PERS, PHIL, POLS, RELI, SOCI, SWAH, TURK, URDU.


Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

General Electives (24 hours)
(Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.)
Upper-division (3-15 hours)
Any level (9-21 hours)


(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)

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Benefits of the Arabic Major

Arabic is both an Asian and African language. Study of the Arabic language provides exposure to various religious concepts (both traditional and modern and broadens understanding of culture, society and politics.


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Post Degree Opportunities


Modern Standard Arabic is ideally suited for students of the Social Sciences considering work or research anywhere in the Arab world (including North Africa); students of the humanities such as History, Art, Music, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religion; or students of Applied Sciences and Business who may be considering work or research in an Arabic speaking country.

Advanced Placement in Arabic

Please contact Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp

Additional Information

For more information regarding the Arabic Major please contact Dr. Alan Godlas

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