Program Director: Enaya Othman, Ph.D.

The interdisciplinary Arabic Language Studies and Culture minor provides students with an understanding of the importance of the Arab world and Islamic cultures in today’s global community. Students acquire intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in modern standard Arabic language and Levantine vernacular. Proficiency in the Arabic language and culture equips students for professional opportunities, which can be found in education, international business, law, nursing, social work, government and armed forces. It trains students in all aspects of language skills and connects language learning with other disciplines. The interdisciplinary minor includes an array of classes that provide students with the historical, religious, cultural and political significance of the Arab world and Muslim communities. Students examine major Arabic literary genres, engage in an interaction with diverse Arab and Muslim communities, and gain invaluable insight through study abroad opportunities. The Arabic Language Studies and Culture minor is one of the important avenues that articulates Marquette’s Jesuit values and mission through enhancing students’ skills and awareness of world religions, languages, and cultures, thus preparing them as global citizens. Students in this program assume a role as peace and interfaith messengers and educators who actively promote an understanding of Arab and Muslim communities through outreach and collaboration at local, national and international levels.

Arabic Language Studies and Culture Minor

The minor in Arabic Language Studies and Culture consists of six courses (19 cr. hrs.): four required Arabic language courses (13 cr. hrs.), and two elective courses (6 cr. hrs.) as listed below. The minor excludes ARBC 1001 Elementary Arabic 1.

Required Courses:
ARBC 1002Elementary Arabic 24
ARBC 2001Intermediate Arabic 13
ARBC 2002Intermediate Arabic 23
ARBC 3001Grammar Review and Skills Development3
Elective Courses: Choose two of the following.6
Spoken Arabic
Culture and Civilization of the Middle East
Arabic Literature in English Translation
Topics in Foreign Language, Culture and Literature
Modern Middle East Since 1500
Islam: Faith and Practice
International Politics of the Middle East
Arabs and Muslims in Global Context
Total Credit Hours19


FOLA 4931 can fulfill an elective only if offered as an approved Arabic Language Studies and Culture topic.