Department of Arabic Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professors: B. O'Kane, M. El Rabie (Chair), H. Sakkout , G. Scanlon, M. Serag
Associate Professors: E. Fernandes, N. Hanna, H. Lutfi, S. Mehrez, E. Sartain
Assistant Professors: S. Ahmed, T. AshShareef, C. Burt, S. Sears
The Department of Arabic Studies offers undergraduate degree programs in four fields. Two of them are bachelor's degrees in Arabic studies and are described below: one with a specialization in Arabic language and literature, the other in Islamic art and architecture. The bachelor's degrees in Middle Eastern history and Middle East studies are listed separately in this catalog.
The Department also administers several undergraduate minors in Arabic studies and Middle Eastern history.
Bachelor of Arts
The bachelor of arts in majors listed above is part of a comprehensive, humanities-oriented program which stresses creative and analytical thinking.
A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in Arabic studies. Students follow one of the two following plans of study:
Specialization in Arabic Language and Literature
Courses in Arabic language and literature are taught in Arabic unless indicated otherwise. Students who do not hold the Thanawiya ‘Amma must demonstrate their proficiency in Arabic and be admitted to the major by departmental permission.
Core Curriculum (40 credits) as stated on pages 75-80
Students should take ECLT 200 for the humanities option of the soft core.
Concentration Requirements (48 credits)
Specialization in Islamic Art and Architecture
Courses in Islamic art and architecture survey the great aesthetic heritage of the Middle East from Persia, Central Asia, India, and Turkey to Egypt, North Africa, and Spain. Students in this major benefit from the outstanding collection of the Rare Books Library, which provides one of the best resources for the study of Islamic art in the Middle East.
Core Curriculum (40 credits)
Non-Arab foreign students must take courses in literary Arabic through the advanced level or demonstrate proficiency through examination.
Concentration Requirements (51 credits)
Arabic Language and Literature Minor
Requirements (15 credits): 5 courses from the following depending on the student area of interest: ARBS 316 Modern Arabic Drama, ARBS 317 The Modern Arabic Short Story, ARBS 331 Pre-Islamic Literature, ARBS 332 Early Islamic Literature, ARBS 333 or 334 Classical Arabic Literature in the Abbasid Period, ARBS 422 Modern Arabic Poetry, ARBS 423 The Modern Arabic Novel, ARBS 429 Modern Arabic Literary Criticism, ARBS 435 Studies in the Qur'an, ARBS 401 History of Arabic Literary Criticism, ARBS 408 Readings in Classical Arabic Texts, ARBS 413 or 414 Arabic Syntax, ARBS 415 Arabic Morphology and Prosody, ARBS 425 Linguistics of Arabic, ARBS 426 The Phonetics of Arabic.
Islamic Art and Architecture Minor
This minor gives a greater appreciation of the cultural heritage of the Arab-Islamic world to interested students.
Requirements (15 credits): ARBS 206 Art and Architecture of the City of Cairo, ARBS 270 and 271 Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture; and two of the following: ARBS 370 Pre-Islamic Influences on Islamic Art and Architecture, ARBS 371 or 372 Islamic Art and Architecture in Egypt and Syria, ARBS 465 or 466 Islamic Art and Architecture in Turkey, Persia, and Central Asia.
Islamic Studies Minor
The minor is designed for students, particularly those coming from abroad, who wish to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Islam as a culture.
Requirements (15 credits): ARBS 404 Sira, Hadith, and Tafsir; ARBS 435 Studies in the Qur'an; ARBS/MEHT 451 Islamic Institutions; and two of the following: ARBS/HIST/MEHT 336 Studies in Ibn Khaldun, ARBS/POLS 353 Muslim Political Thought, ARBS/PHIL 354 Islamic Philosophy, ARBS/HIST/MEHT 454 Modern Movements in Islam, ARBS/HIST/MEHT 463 Selected Topic in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions.