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 202

Intermediate Arabic II


Continuation of Intermediate Arabic I. 

ARB 201 or placement.  (Spring)

ARB 334

Contemp Arab Cinema(in transl)


This course will examine the contemporary Middle East and North Africa through documentary and film. Students will gain a better understanding of the mosaics of history, culture(s) and politics of the region. We will explore an assortment of…

LIT 432

Theory & Prac Lit Translation

Cheshire, Ewington, Fache, Henke, Kietrys, Race

This seminar addresses theoretical and practical aspects of literary translation, underscoring translation as both a distinctive form of creative writing and a demonstration of cross-cultural and linguistic competencies. Coursework includes regular literary translation…