Arabic Studies (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Social media and nightly news are filled with events touching the Middle East and Islamic nations. But how many people understand the deep issues at hand? You can as you explore the cross-cultural dynamics of Islamic civilization in this program.

Program Description

The minor program in Arabic studies provides students with instruction in Modern Standard Arabic as well as Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic literature, culture and civilization. Students completing the prescribed coursework are expected to be able to communicate effectively in Arabic, interact with native speakers, read authentic material in Arabic and write in Modern Standard Arabic.

Students of all academic disciplines doing research or seeking employment in areas related to the Middle East or other parts of the Arab world can find this minor program highly beneficial. Participants of this program are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program to gain an immersive educational experience.

Program Requirements

The minor in Arabic studies requires 28 credit hours of courses detailed below. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in each course. Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language.
Required Courses -- 25 credit hours
Related Area (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in international letters and cultures (Arabic studies)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A minor in Arabic studies helps students with communication and cultural competency skills as they pursue careers in political analysis, education, tourism and hospitality, the military, sociology, marketing and various other fields.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Community Health Workers

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Customs Brokers

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Sales Managers

  • Growth: 4%
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Social and Community Service Managers

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  • Growth: 4.5%
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Supply Chain Managers

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98560
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Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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