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    Dec 06, 2023  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Arab World Studies (BA)

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Offered by the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies College of Arts and Sciences,  the Arab World Studies (BA) is an interdisciplinary major that offers students the opportunity to learn about Arab societies from multiple perspectives. The strength of the program is its holistic approach to studying the Arab Middle East, which is analyzed through its politics, economy, gender relations, literature, geography, religion, and its place in a globalizing world.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in two courses related to the major.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 36 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level
  • Demonstrate Arabic language proficiency through completion of two years of college-level study (ARAB-203 Arabic Intermediate II (5) ) or equivalent as certified by the Department of World Languages and Cultures  

Course Requirements

Foundation (9 credit hours)

Concentration (15 credit hours)

Complete 15 credit hours with one course from each of the following categories, if not taken to fulfill Foundation, or other courses approved by program director:

Arabic Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate Arabic language proficiency at the intermediate level (ARAB-203 ). Students with previous experience with the language may test out of one or more of the following courses (evaluation conducted in collaboration with the Arabic language program).

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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