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Arabic Language and Culture

The Arab world, made up of 22 countries and the Palestinians, extends from the Arabian/Persian Gulf in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west and has a population of about 300 million, 20 million of whom are Christian Arabs. Arabic is their dominant mode of expression. It is also an important language in other countries. Arabic is the language of Islam, and more than a billion people use it as a vital spiritual component of their daily lives. The United Nations adopted Arabic as one of its six official languages in 1974.

Events in the Middle East affect our daily lives, and only through the study of Arabic can one gain necessary insights into the cultural, religious, and political forces that motivate the inhabitants of that vital region - insights that our monolingual media seldom provide.

Middle East is the birthplace of civilization and the cradle of the three monotheistic religions. It also contains some of the world's greatest archeological and religious sites. It is the locus of two thirds of the world's known oil reserves. Moreover, it is rich with interesting cultures and warm, hospitable people. A good knowledge of Arabic will greatly enhance the enjoyment of travel in the region and the ability to work and interact with Arabic speaking people. Qualified students may seek available funding - for example, from the UC Office of International Programs, the Taft Foundation, and federal agencies - to enroll in an Arabic study abroad program.

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Program Code

15BA-ARAB

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Open

Location

Main Campus

Department

Romance Languages
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

Old Chem 728C
PO Box 210377
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Frederic Cadora
Email: frederic.cadora@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-0139

Career Possibilities

The diligent study of Arabic can lead to exciting careers in various fields. The following are only a few of the many positions open to those who have a high proficiency in Arabic:

  1. Communications: foreign correspondent, reporter, translator.
  2. International finance: international banker, international consultant, political risk analyst.
  3. Industry: manager of government relations for oil companies, market analyst for export companies.
  4. Government: foreign service officer, development program officer, intelligence analyst, government relations specialist, translator or interpreter.
  5. Law: contractual and corporation consultant.
  6. Academia: teaching and research positions. The U.S. government currently considers Arabic a critical language and many scholarships and fellowships in Arabic studies are available.

[The above paragraphs are adapted from the website of The American Association of Teachers of Arabic.]

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The major in Arabic studies requires the following:

  • 10 credits "second year" Arabic language sequence
  • ARAB2001, 2002, 3001, 3002, 3010, 4010, 5001
  • Electives WITHIN the major:
    (1) Students choose one course [3credits] from ARAB4031, ARAB4032, or ARAB4033 to develop advanced language proficiency (Survey of Arabic Literature or Media & Business Arabic)
    (2) Students choose one course from ARAB2050 or ARAB5011 to develop an understanding of the sociolinguistic aspects of  the Arabic language. (Core II)
    (3) Students choose HIST1007 or HIST1008 to develop a historical context for the study of the Arabic language. (Middle Eastern History)
    (4) Major electives (3 courses [9 credits] from Allied Disciplines and ARAB major electives)

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Anthropology
  • Art history
  • Biological sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International affairs
  • Journalism
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies

Minor Details

The minor is equivalen t to the Certificate in Arab language and Culture:

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/programs-degrees/minors.html?cid=15CERT2-ARAB

 

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Arabic Languages and Culture Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (If admitted freshman year), 3
    • ARAB1xxx, ARAB1001 Basic Literary Arabic I, if needed - Fulfills half of A&S Foreign Language Requirement, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, SS, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • HIST1xxx, Middle Eastern History Requirement (HIST1007 or 1008) (will count as half of A&S core HP rqmt), HP, 3
    • ARAB1xxx, ARAB1002 Basic Literary Arabic II, if needed - Fulfills half of A&S Foreign Language Requirement, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, FA, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • ARAB2001, Second Year Literary Arabic 1, DC, HU, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 2)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • ARAB2002, Second Year Literary Arabic 2, DC, HU, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • ARAB3001, Third-Year Literary Arabic, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Allied Disciplines and Arab Major Electives, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 3)
    • ARAB3002, Third-Year Literary Arabic, 3
    • ARAB3010, Culture of Contemporary Arab Society, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB4xxx, Survey of Arabic Literature (see below for options), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course; may double count with another rqmt, SE, TI, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 3 - 4
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • ARAB4010, Literary Arabic Grammar, 3
    • ARAB4xxx, Survey of Arabic Literature Course (see below for options), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 4)
    • XXXXxxxx, Allied Disciplines and Arab Major Electives, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 6
    • ARAB5001, Arabic Capstone, 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Groupings:
    Survey of Arabic Literature
    • ARAB4031, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought I, 3
    • ARAB4032, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought II, 3
    • ARAB4033, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought III, 3
    Middle Eastern History
    • HIST1007, Middle Eastern History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1008, Middle Eastern History II, DC, HP, 3
    Allied Disciplines and ARAB major electives
    • FREN1082, Francophone World Cultures, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3034, Africa in Pictures and Film, 3
    • FREN3085, Francophone Cultures: Africa, 3
    • FREN4042, Topics in Francophone Literature and Culture, 3
    • GEOG2031, Geography of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG4048, Political Geography: Geopolitics, 3
    • HIST3004, The Crusades, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3035, Afghanistan and Central Asia: At the Crossroads of the World , DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3067, Jews and Muslims in the Modern Mediterranean, 3
    • HIST4066, The Golden Age of Islamic Civilization: The Abbasid Caliphate, 3
    • HIST4068, Film in the Middle East and North Africa, 3
    • HIST6023, US and Middle East Immigration and Refugees, 3
    • JUDC2046, Modern Israel, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3030, Jews and Islam, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3067, Jews and Muslims in the Modern Mediterranean, 3
    • MES2045, Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies, DC, 3
    • POL1080, Introduction to International Relations, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2081, Globalization and Politics, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2089, International Human Rights, SE, SS, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.

  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.