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 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 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…