WLAC Undergraduate


The study of Arabic opens the door to the cultures of the Middle East and the vast Islamic world. It is an important language for the fields of political science, religion, art, history, business and the security service and foreign affairs.

The Program in Arabic offers:

  * courses in beginning, intermediate and advanced Arabic
  * A Minor and an Individualized Major in Arabic & Islamic Studies

Course Descriptions

(4-letter subject code: NELC - Near Eastern Language & Culture)

A131 - A132 Basic Arabic I-II (4cr. - 4 cr.) 
Introductory language course in modern standard Arabic as in contemporary literature, newspapers, and radio. Focus on grammar, reading, script, conversation, elementary composition, and culture.
A200 - A250 Intermediate Arabic I-II (3cr. - 3 cr.) P: A131-A132 or equivalent.
Grammar, reading, composition, conversation, and translation, using materials from classical, medieval, and modern literary Arabic.
A300 - A350 Advanced Arabic I-II (3cr. - 3 cr.) P: A200-A250 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Modern Standard/Classical Arabic syntax and morphology.  Development of advanced language skills in reading, writing and aural comprehension. Active vocabulary development. Readings in variety of genres and periods.
F360 Women & Islam (3 cr.)
The course examines the status of women in the main Islamic sources and its historical evolution. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to study women’s role in different regions of the world and the main challenges they faced and still encounter in the present time. 

Have you considered a minor in Arabic Studies?

The study of Arabic opens the door to the cultures of the Middle East and the vast Islamic world.  It is an important language for the fields of political science, religion, art history, business and the Foreign Service.

What are the requirements**?

A minor in Arabic requires fifteen (15) credit hours in Arabic Studies or related courses approved by the program director (6 credit hours must be completed on the IUPUI campus).  Courses at the 100-level do not count toward minor.  The student may choose from two concentrations:
(1) Arabic Language or (2) Islamic Civilization.

  1. Arabic Language Concentration (15 credit hours):
    12 credits (4 courses) from category A and one 3- credit course from category B.
  1. Islamic Civilization Concentration (15 credit hours):
    6 credits (2 courses) from Category A and 9 credits (3 courses) from Category B

Category A

NELC-A200 Intermediate Arabic I (3 cr)
NELC-A250 Intermediate Arabic II (3 cr)
NELC-A300 Advanced Arabic I (3 cr)
NELC-A350 Advanced Arabic II (3 cr)

Category B

A300 Peoples & Cultures of the Middle East (3 cr)
E220 Arabic Calligraphy (3 cr)
F400 Islam, Gender and Conflicts (3 cr)
H304 Islamic Architecture (3 cr)
H425 Topics:  Middle East History (3 cr)
R257 Intro to Islam (3 cr)
R304 Islamic Beginnings (3 cr)
R370 Islam in America (3 cr)
R305 Islam and Modernity (3 cr)
R309 Contemporary Middle East (3 cr)
Y339 Middle Eastern Politics (3 cr)
Or related courses approved by the program director

What should I do if I am interested?

For advice about selecting courses, consult the Director of Arabic Studies, Dr. Amira Mashhour,  Please complete the minor form and return to the Department of World Languages and Cultures in CA545.

**N.B. – These requirements are in effect for new students as of Fall 2013.

WLAC Undergraduate

Study Abroad

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. For more information about study abroad opportunities in Arabic, visit the IUPUI Study Abroad Programs or the IU Overseas Study Programs.