American University of Beirut

Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

Chairperson: Khansa, Enass
Professors: Baalbaki, Ramzi M. (Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Professor of Arabic); Jarrar, Maher Z.; Orfali, Bilal W. (Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic & Islamic Studies)
Assistant Professors:AbdelMegeed, Maha; Khansa, Enass
Senior Lecturers:Bazzi, Tarif; Fakhreddine, Jawdat
Lecturers: Atiyyah, Najah; El Daif, Rachid; Korangy, Alireza; Moukaled, Sina
Instructors: Abboud, Hosn; El Mallah, Jihad; Malti, Samir; Semaan, Rima; Sultany, Kanawaty Rima; Zein, Raghida M.

In addition to the BA degree in Arabic, the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages provides service courses for all students at AUB. ARAB 101 and ARAB 102 must be taken in the freshman year in addition to one more Arabic course (i.e., ARAB 201, ARAB 202, or any other course numbered ARAB 211 or above [ARAB 213, ARAB 214, ARAB 215, ARAB 216, ARAB 217, ARAB 219, and ARAB 220-222 excluded]).

BA in Arabic

Mission Statement

The Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages has always possessed a leading role in its own field of learning in the Arab World, while being the only one maintaining a liberal tradition of education and research. The impressive number of diverse prominent scholars, writers and intellectuals who passed through the department testifies to this remarkable historical achievement. The department has always sought to train students in the basic tools of the discipline, namely language and research skills, while exposing them to the essentials of the field, and subjecting everything to the curiosity of the inquiring mind.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

Requirements for the BA degree in Arabic are as follows: ARAB 211, ARAB 212, ARAB 224, ARAB 231, ARAB 232, ARAB 233, ARAB 237, ARAB 239, ARAB 241, ARAB 243, and ARAB 245 (total 33 credits). In addition, the student must select one course from within the other courses in the department (36 total credit hours).

Students choosing a minor in Arabic are required to take 15 credits of Arabic courses. These courses should include ARAB 211 or ARAB 212 (or an equivalent language course), one course in classical Arabic literature, one course in modern Arabic literature, and any two courses in the department.

The minor in Semitic Studies requires 15 credits: ARAB 213/214 or Syriac 215/216, a second Semitic language other than Arabic (ARAB 213 or 215), ARAB 222, and one of the following: ARAB 211 or 212, ARAB 216, ARAB 227 or ARAB 228, AROL 293/294, AROL 217, AROL 218, AROL 219/220, AROL 226, AROL 227, AROL 228, AROL 231.

When a required course is not available, it may be replaced by another course within the department provided the student’s advisor gives consent.

University General Education Requirements

The General Education requirements are Understanding Communication - English (6 credits), Understanding Communication - Arabic (3 credits), Cultures and Histories (9 credits), Human Values (3 credits), Societies and Individuals (6 credits), Understanding the World and Quantitative Reasoning (9 credits with at least 3 credits from each), and Community Engaged Learning (3 credits).

At least one of the courses from Cultures and Histories or Human Values should be from the History of Ideas: CHLA. At least one course from your degree requirements (except Understanding Communication) should cover the theme of Social Inequalities (3 credits).

Course Descriptions

33 + 3 Credits in Arabic

​Modes of Analysis ​English and Arabic (9) Cultures and Histories, Human Values 
(12 + 33 + 3 + 9)
Societies and Individuals (6)
Understanding the World, Quantitative Reasoning 
(9: 3/6+3/6)

​Community-Engaged Learning (3)​
​Lecture courses (9+12+33+3 +9+6+3)​Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses: ENGL 203 (3) ,204(3)
Required credits in the Cultures and Histories: 9 credits in History of Ideas and 3 credits Human Values 

Required Arabic courses (33): ARAB 211(3), 212(3), 224(3), 231(3), 232(3), 233(3), 237(3), 239(3), 241(3), 243(3), 245(3)

One elective course from the following or a seminar course (3): ARAB 213(3), 214(3), 218(3), 221(3), 225(3), 226(3), 227(3), 228(3), 229(3), 230(3), 234(3), 235(3), 236(3), 238(3), 240(3), 244(3), 246(3), 247(3), 249(3)

Electives: 9 credits
in other Cultures and Histories 
​Electives (6)electives (9): (Recommended: a course in computer literacy
required (3)

​Elective Arabic courses: ARAB 251(3), 252(3)
​Seminar (0–6)

​​Laboratory (3)​Computer Lab (3)
Research project (63)ARAB 227–241, 243–247, 249

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