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  Dec 13, 2017
Catalog 2017-2018

Arab Studies

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Associate Professor & Chair: Joubin
Visiting Lecturer: Botros

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.

Language Placement

Students with background in Arabic prior to entering Davidson may take a placement test and oral examination in order to be placed at the appropriate level.

ARB 201 - Intermediate Arabic I   satisfies the foreign language requirement

Arab Studies Major

To major in Arab Studies, students must apply for the major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies prior to spring break of their sophomore year.  Application information can be found on the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies website.


Courses: ARB 101 ARB 102 ARB 201 ARB 202  or the equivalent.

Study Abroad: Students are required to spend at least one summer and one semester on an accredited program in the Arab world.  In individual cases, an intensive Middlebury program in the United States may fulfill this requirement.  Students may count up to four approved courses from an accredited study abroad program toward their major.


The major requires 12 courses, as follows.

Methods Courses

Select at least one methods course from the department best suited to the intended thesis project.


Both thesis courses are required.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Arab Studies requires six courses numbered above 102, as follows.

HIS 175 - The Middle East, 610-1453: The Formation of Islam 
HIS 176 - The Middle East, 1453-Present: Islam in the Modern World 
HIS 218 - Jihad and Crusade 
POL 291 - Politics of the Middle East 
REL 272 - Classical Islam 
REL 277 - Islamic Mysticism 
or other approved course (including at time courses taught by visiting faculty)

  • Notes:
    • In individual cases, the department may approve allowing a second course from list two (history, society, & cultures of the Middle East) to substitute for one of the advanced courses in Arabic.
    • With departmental approval, students may also count courses taken abroad toward the minor. 

Interdisciplinary Minor in Middle East Studies

Students should note as well the possibility of a focus on the Middle East through an interdisciplinary minor in Middle East Studies .

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