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Arabic Studies Minor Requirements

Advisor: Dr. Khaled Huthaily

Salaam to all of you, and welcome to the webpage that will provide you with information on the Minor in Arabic Studies. Students who are interested in graduating with the minor are highly encouraged to meet with me as soon as possible.

The curriculum of the minor is designed to help students

  1. achieve the Advanced level in Arabic based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards of foreign language proficiency, and
  2. learn about the history, geography, politics, religions, and diversity of the Arabic-speaking peoples.

To earn an academic minor in Arabic studies, normally students need thirty credits. If you have questions, please contact the advisor, Dr. Huthaily. At least 9 credits must be of upper division courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all the courses taken to fulfill the minor. The number of credits required may vary with a student’s preparation. For example, if a student has already studied Arabic formally and demonstrates the mastery of the language skills and cultural knowledge equivalent to 102, she/he need not take 101 and 102. This is decided through a placement test and the recommendation of the advisor.

Core Courses (27 credits)

Students must take the following courses to establish the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the Arabic language and the Arab world. The courses are offered in Arabic (except ARAB 305) and build the foundation of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Course Name Semester Credits
ARAB 101 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I Autumn 5
ARAB 102 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II Spring 5
ARAB 201 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I Autumn 4
ARAB 202 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II Spring 4
ARAB 301 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I Autumn 3
ARAB 302 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II Spring 3
ARAB 305 The Arab World Autumn 3

Electives (3 credits)

Students must select at least 3 credits from the following courses. All the courses are offered in English, and no previous knowledge of Arabic is required.

Course Name Semester Credits
ARAB 307 Model Arab League: Delegates Spring 3
ARAB 317 Model Arab League: Staff Spring 3
HSTR 262H Islamic Civilization: The Classical Age Autumn 3
HSTR 264 Islamic Civilization: The Modern Era Spring 3
ARAB 392 Independent Study Variable Autumn/Spring 3

Upon consent of the advisor of the academic minor, up to three credits (either taken at The University of Montana or transferred from another college or university) may be counted as part of the electives if at least 75% of the content is related to the Arab world.

Independent Study: Students may count up to 3 credits from an independent study related to the Arabic language or the Arab world. Before taking an independent study outside the Arabic program, you need to consult with the advisor of the minor.

Download this form form, fill it out, and bring it with you when you meet the advisor. It helps if you bring your (non-official) transcript with you.

All the best!

Dr. Khaled Huthaily

Assistant Professor & Head

431 LA - MCLL

Tel: (406) 243-6602

khaled.huthaily@umontana.edu