A-to-Z Index

Program Requirements


Major Requirements

A major in Arabic consists of 33 upper-division credit hours in Arabic language, literature, and culture (i.e, at the 300- or 400-level).

Arabic Courses Credit Hours
ARAB 300. Arabic Grammar and
Communication
3
ARAB 307. A History of Islamic
Civilization 600-1600
3
ARAB 308. Contemporary Islamic
Civilization
3
ARAB 320. Arabic Oral and Written Communication 3
ARAB 371. Advanced Arabic Grammar
and Translation
3
ARAB 400. Advanced Arabic Writing
and Conversation
3
Two 300- or 400-level ARAB literature
courses
6
Three other 300- or 400-level ARAB
courses
9
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total 33

Note: Additional Language
Students majoring in Arabic must complete the intermediate level of a second language unless they are:
* Completing a second major
* Completing an education minor
* Completing two degrees
* Completing a pre-professional health program

In case the student has a previous background in a second language, the second language requirement may also be satisfied by placing out of it through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Culture's placement test. However, in this case, the student must proportionally increase the number of university electives as indicated in the B.A. Degree Requirements.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Arabic consists of 18 upper-division credit hours in Arabic language, literature, and culture (i.e, at the 300- or 400-level).

Arabic Courses Credit Hours
ARAB 300. Arabic Grammar and Communication 3
One 300 or 400-level ARAB literature course 3
Four other 300 or 400-level ARAB courses 12
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total 18











International Education and Studies Abroad

The department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures strongly supports, and greatly benefits from, the university's excellent Studies Abroad programs. Majors are strongly encouraged to spend a significant amount of time abroad. Students are urged to check with their language advisers to see which courses taken abroad count toward the language major. Majors in modern foreign languages must take 33 credit hours of foreign language courses specified by the department. Students are required to take eighteen of those in courses taught in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures based on the main JMU campus. In other words, a student can only transfer a maximum of fifteen credits for the major program from courses taken outside of JMU.

Minors in modern foreign languages must take 18 credit hours of foreign language courses specified by the department. Students are required to take nine of those in courses taught in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures based on the main JMU campus. In other words, a student can only transfer a maximum of nine credits for the minor program from courses taken outside of JMU.