The undergraduate minor in Arabic studies requires a minimum of 16 s.h. earned in Arabic courses (prefix ARAB) considered intermediate (2000 level) or advanced (3000 level) for the minor, including 12 s.h. taken at the University of Iowa. One Course (3 s.h.) taught in English can count towards the minor requirements. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) credit may not be counted toward the minor.

Students with previous knowledge of Arabic language, should take the World Languages Placement Test (WLPT) to determine the best level for your first enrollment in a language course.

The undergraduate minor in Arabic studies includes courses in language, as well as complementary courses in history, politics, and religion of Middle Eastern cultures. Language courses focus on developing the four communicative skills –speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the minor in Arabic studies, visit the UI General Catalog.

Coursework Requirements
Title Hours
Five courses in Arabic language, or literature and culture 16
Total Hours 16