The Arab Studies Department adheres to the philosophy that the study of the Arabic language cannot be separated from the study of the rich Arabic culture.
Students with background in Arabic prior to entering Davidson may take a placement test and oral examination in order to be placed at the appropriate level.
Foreign Language Requirement
Arabic 201 satisfies the foreign language requirement.
The department has proposed curricula for majors in (1) Arab Studies and (2) Arabic Languages and Literature through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Once they are approved, students may apply for these majors.
A minor in Arabic requires six courses numbered above 102.
- The six courses must include 201 or 202 (or other language courses for students who place above the Intermediate level)
- At least three courses in literature and advanced language chosen from the following: ARB 295 Studies in Arabic Culture; ARB 321 Contemporary Arabic Literature, ARB 322 Media Arabic, ARB 325 Contemporary Syrian Television Drama, ARB 331 Arabic Media & Society, ARB 335 Contemporary Egyptian Society, ARB 340 Gender and Politics in Contemporary Syrian Drama, ARB 341 Gender Studies in the Arab World, ARB 342 Postcolonial Syrian Film, ARB 395/396 (Independent Study), another specialized course in Contemporary Arabic Literature
- One course chosen from HIS 175, HIS 176, HIS 218, POL 241, REL 272, REL 277, or other courses (including at times courses taught by visiting faculty) that deal with the history, society, and cultures of the Middle East. In individual cases, the department may approve allowing a second course from that list to substitute for one of the advanced courses in Arabic.
With departmental approval, students may also count courses taken abroad toward the minor.
A Middle East Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor are also offered at Davidson.