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Arabic Studies Minor

Effective Winter 2024

Exclusions:

Students who pursue an Arabic Studies minor may not declare a Middle East Studies major.

Advising

Advising appointments are scheduled online through the department's website. Students are recommended to connect with an advisor through scheduling an appointment or emailing quick advising questions to mes-advising@umich.edu. Students may also speak directly with the Arabic Language Director (mesarabicprogram@umich.edu) to learn more about the minor

Grade Policies

Students must receive a minimum C- for a course to be counted toward the minor.

Coursework graded Pass/Fail, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, or Credit/No Credit cannot count toward the minor.

Prerequisites

ARABIC 202 or 203 (with a grade of C- or higher); or placement by exam into ARABIC 401 or higher

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 19

To complete the program, students must take a minimum of 19 credits that fulfill the following requirements:

  • 10-credits of 400-level courses taught in ARABIC
  • 3-credits of an elective language course taught in ARABIC
  • 6-credits in an elective Arabic content course taught in English*

 
Students may use study abroad credit to complete a portion of the minor requirements. Please speak with a department advisor to receive information on preferred programs and pre-approved coursework. If wanting to use language credit from study abroad, students must take the Arabic Placement Exam upon return. 

 

*ARABIC 221: Qur'anic and Classical Arabic III and ARABIC 222: Classical Arabic IV may also be elected to satisfy the "6-credits in an elective Arabic content course taught in English" requirement

Constraints

Native speakers of Levantine Arabic (Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Syrian) must consult with the Director of the Arabic Language Program before enrolling in Levantine Arabic courses. 

With the exception of study abroad credits, only three credits from another domestic institution may be accepted toward the minor if approved by the Director of the  Arabic Language Program.

Each course must carry at least three credits in order to be counted toward the minor.