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 102

Elementary Arabic II

Joubin or Khedher

In Elementary Arabic II, a continuation of Elementary Arabic I, we continue to develop the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are further introduced to authentic texts from the Arab world. Presentations and…

LIT 432

Theory & Prac Lit Translation

Cheshire, Ewington, Fache, Henke, Joubin, 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…

ARB 336

Arab Life & Politics via Film


This course will examine the experience of everyday life in contemporary Arab cities in the Middle East and North Africa through the lens of film. Students will gain a better understanding of how current events, and local and…