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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 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

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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. 
N397 Peoples & Cultures Of The Middle East (3 cr.) 
This course aims at introducing students to the diversity of the major social and cultural aspects of the Middle East, using an interdisciplinary approach of anthropology, history, sociology, politics and economics. It will also focus on the transformation and changes that took place in the region, and the media portrayal of its events.​

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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.  This Minor has been offered since the Fall of 2013.

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies (NELC) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • choice of either Track 1 or Track 2,
  • students cannot “double count” any courses toward the fifteen required credits,
  • 6 credits must be completed at IUPUI,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/updatemajor/

Minor Requirements:

 Track 1: Arabic Language Concentration

  • 12 credits in Arabic Language chosen from Category A
  • 3 credits chosen from Category B

OR

Track 2: Islamic Civilization Concentration

  • 6 credits in Arabic Language chosen from Category A
  • 3 credits chosen from Category B
  • 6 credits chosen from Category C

Category A: 

  • NELC-A 200: Intermediate Arabic I (3 cr.)
  • NELC-A 250: Intermediate Arabic II (3 cr.)
  • NELC-A 300: Advanced Arabic I (3 cr.)
  • NELC-A 350: Advanced Arabic II (3 cr.)

Category B:

  • REL-R 257: Introduction to Islam (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 304: Islamic Beginnings (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 305: Islam and Modernity (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 309: Contemporary Middle East (offered as part of Jordan Study Abroad) (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 370: Islam in America (3 cr.)

Category C:

  • ANTH-E 300: Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups:  Cultures of the Middle East (3 cr.)
  • NELC-F 360: Women and Islam
  • HER-H 220: Arabic Calligraphy
  • HER-H 304: The Islamic City
  • HIST-H 425: Topics in History: Middle East History (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 339: Middle Eastern Politics (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 380: Selected Topics in Democratic Government:  Politics of Islam (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 257: Introduction to Islam (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 304: Islamic Beginnings (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 305: Islam and Modernity (3 cr.)
  • NELC-N302/REL-R 309: Contemporary Middle East (offered as part of Jordan Study Abroad) (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 370: Islam in America (3 cr.)
  • WLAC-F 400:  Islam, Gender, and Conflicts (3 cr.)
hands around the globeYou can major in Arabic through the Individualized Major Program.  If interested consult the Director of Arabic Studies, Dr. Amira Mashhour.
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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.