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

HIS 175

Mid East,610-1453:Formtn Islam


Political, social, cultural and religious history of the Middle East from late antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. Cultural identity and political legitimacy within Classical and medieval Islamic civilization. 

Satisfies a requirement in the Arab Studies…

ARB 201

Intermediate Arabic I

Botros, Khedher

Intermediate Arabic 201, the fall semester of a year-long intensive intermediate course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), is designed for students who have had one year of Arabic at the college level. Authentic supplementary reading material is…

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…