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 327

Media & Society Arab World


This course examines audio/visual, written and digital media in contemporary Arab societies and the way they shape the current socio-political landscape and Arab public opinion. It introduces students to the mosaic of media trends and debates and helps…

ARB 330

The Arab Spring (in transl)


This course provides a deep analysis of the popular uprisings that shook Tunisia and neighboring countries in what came to be known as the "Arab Spring." We will pay particular attention to youth, their frustrations, insecurities, and challenges. Through selected ethnographies, articles…

POL 443

Sem: Political Islam


This course examines how modern Islam, from the middle of the nineteenth century to today, "became" political. It explores the role of theology and domestic and international politics in the development of Islamic movements, political parties, Islamic jihad…