Undergraduate

The study of Arabic opens the door to the rich history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. Classical Arabic is the language of religion. Modern standard Arabic is the language of formal culture and the communication media. The Arabic dialects are the language of daily life. The major in Arabic introduces students to each of these varieties of Arabic and to their respective literatures.

  • Arabic (major)

    Preparation for the Major
    Required: Arabic 1A, 1B, 1C (Elementary Literary Arabic), AND History 9D or Middle Eastern Studies 50C

    Transfer Students
    Transfer applicants to the Arabic major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one year of Arabic.

    Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

    The Major (11 Courses)
    Required Core (5 Courses):
    Arabic 102A/B/C, 108, 150, 151; Islamics M110

    Required Electives (6 Courses):
    Anthropology M171P ; Arabic 103A/B/C, 105, M106, M107, M110, 111A/B/C, 112A/B/C, 115, 116A/B/C, 120, M123, 130, 132, C141, 142, M148, 150 or M151 (unless taken under item I), M155, M171, 180, 181; Art History 104A/B/C; Comparative Literature 100; Geography 187; History 105A/B/C, M106, 108B, 111A/B/C; Islamics 130, 151; Political Science 132A, M132B, 157, 165

    No more than one course may be credited through a proficiency test administered by the department.

    No more than two upper division 4-unit independent study or directed research courses (197, 199) may be applied toward the major. Other courses, including extra-departmental courses, may be applied with consent of the adviser.

  • Arabic and Islamic Studies (minor)

    The Arabic and Islamic Studies minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program with a group of related courses that provide a systematic introduction to the study of Arabic language and literature and Islam.

    To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed Arabic 1A, 1B, 1C, or the equivalent as determined by the department, and file a petition in 378A Humanities Building (310) 825-4165.

    Required Lower Division Courses (15 units)
    Arabic 1A/B/C, or equivalent

    Required Upper Division Courses (20 units)

    Arabic or Islamic Core (3-5 courses)

    Arabic 102A  and 102B and 102C (Intermediate Standard Arabic) or 108 (Summer Intensive Intermediate Arabic), 150 (Classical Arabic Literature in English) or M151(Modern Arabic Literature in English)

    Islamics M110 (Introduction to Islam)

    Recommended Electives (Max 2 courses)

    Anthropology M171P; Art History 104A/B/C; Comparative Literature 100; Geography 187; History 105A/B/C, M106A/B, 108B, 111A/B/C; Islamics M110, 130; Political Science 132A, M132B, 157, 165

    Other courses, including extra-departmental courses, may be applied with consent of advisor

    199 courses may not be applied

    A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied towards major requirements of another minor

    Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.