The Arabic Major and Minor at Davidson

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 may apply for a major in Arab Studies through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Elementary and Intermediate Arab Studies courses, which are highly interactive, focus on giving students a strong foundation in the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Courses You Might Take

ARB 332

North African Lit (in transl)


This course is an introduction to North African Literature and culture. It aims to open a window towards some of the ethnic, gendered, linguistic, folkloric and religious diversity of the Maghreb (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco) via their representations…

ARB 331

Visual Novels (Arab World)


This class will exam visual adaptations of important novels from the Arab world. Through discussions, readings, presentations, screenings of miniseries, weekly compositions, independent research, and group work students will learn about the historical and political context of each…

ARB 250

Gender & Sexuality in Mid East



The objective of the course is to attain an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and sexuality in the Middle East. During the past few decades Middle East Gender studies has expanded rapidly, and this course will…