Arabic, Minor

We live in a truly global world, where the leaders of tomorrow will dwell in, and negotiate all transactions in spaces not claimed in exclusivity by a single people, language or culture. Knowing Arabic, the fifth largest language in the world in terms of speakers, will help you become a truly global citizen. Our minor certifies that you have attained intermediate to advanced levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in the language. It also opens  before you a fascinating cultural and intellectual world in and beyond the classroom with a myriad of opportunities to travel, live and work abroad.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Students will be required to take a total of five classes. These classes may include courses and language classes at or above the intermediate level in Dialogues of Civilization at NU. A maximum of two courses of transfer credits, including transferable courses taken abroad, may count towards the five classes in the minor.

Required Culture Courses

CLTR 1120Introduction to Languages, Literature, and Culture4

Required Language Courses

Students may waive any of these courses by taking the language exam in the Wold Languages Center.

ARAB 2101Intermediate Arabic 14
or ARAB 2301 Intermediate Arabic Immersion 1
ARAB 2102Intermediate Arabic 24
or ARAB 2302 Intermediate Arabic Immersion 2


Advanced Arabic Immersion 1
Advanced Arabic Immersion 2
Special Topics in Arabic
Special Topics in Arabic
Directed Study
Introduction to Arabic Culture
Cultural Engagement Abroad
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Modern Middle East
Middle East Studies
Politics of Islam and Gender
Muslim Writers and the Qur’an (in English Translations)
Model Arab League

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor