Undergraduate Concentration: Overview and Requirements
The Arabic major offers students a strong foundation in the Arabic
language, as well as provides training to
critically engage with Arabic literary and cultural activities, such as
cinema and other media. Our major prepares students for careers in NGOs,
journalism, academia, business, law, diplomacy, or technology – wherever knowledge of Arabic language and cultures
is a valuable asset.
The major in Arabic requires ten courses in all: nine courses beyond
Arabic 4, plus one approved course in a different department. Of the
nine departmental courses, four must be Arabic language-based courses,
while five must be selected from available departmental Arabic culture
- Language requirement
Four Arabic language-based courses above
Arabic 4: Arabic 21; Arabic 22; Arabic 121; Arabic 122; or, further
advanced Arabic language-based courses (subject to approval of the
Director of Arabic). Students who place higher than Arabic 21 upon
entry into the program are expected to complete ten courses in all,
in consultation with the Director of Arabic.
- Culture requirement
Five departmental Arabic literature or
culture courses. Two of these five required courses may be filled by
approved courses taken outside of the Medford campus.
- Related course
One course in a topic related to Arabic or the
Middle East offered outside of Tufts' Arabic Program. Courses in
this category are subject to the approval of the Director of Arabic.
Language courses for the major
||Arabic Reading, Composition and Conversation
||Advanced Modern Standard Arabic
||Advanced Readings in Arabic
||Cultural History of the Modern Middle East
||Arab and Middle Eastern Cinemas
||Modern Arabic Literature
||The Literary Qur'an
||Travel Literature: The Arab and Muslim World
||Directed Study in Literature or Language (*not if taught by a
||War and Cultural Memory in Literature and Cinema of the Middle
||Advanced Directed Study in Literature (*not if taught by a
||Senior Honors Thesis
Transfer credits from study abroad programs must be equivalent to
courses offered in the Arabic program in order to satisfy degree requirements.
Accepted transfer credit courses that are fundamentally language study courses
(e.g. colloquial/dialect courses or language courses on discrete topics such as
“Media Arabic”) will not be accepted
as satisfying the culture course requirements.
Download the Arabic Major Checklist >
Undergraduate Minor Program
The Arabic minor requires the completion of six courses beyond the
intermediate level (Arabic 3-4). These must include two language courses
at the 100 level and two literature/culture courses at the 60 level.
Minor Forms, once completed, must be signed by either the Program
Director, Kamran Rastegar, or the Language Coordinator, Rana Abdul-Aziz,
and then returned, along with a copy of your transcript, to the Main
Office, Olin 326.
Download the Arabic Minor Checklist >
Language Minor for Engineers >
Fulfilling Arabic degree requirements (major or minor) while studying abroad