Languages and Cultures: Arabic

Students who intend to minor in Arabic should prepare their schedules in consultation with an Arabic faculty adviser. To declare the minor and be assigned an adviser, please contact the Department Associate Chair in your college.

The minor in Arabic offers students the opportunity to study the Arabic language and culture structurally and functionally. Our curriculum reflects the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999) which describes the five C's of language acquisition: communication, culture, comparisons, connections, and community. Students in the Arabic minor have the opportunity to practice the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational), to learn about Arabic culture (products, practices, and perspectives), and to make comparisons between their first language and culture and the Arabic language and culture. In addition, students make connections to other fields of study unavailable to them through their native language.

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Study Abroad Policy
Studying abroad is not required. However, students interested in the Arabic minor are strongly encouraged to study in an Arabic-speaking country, such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, or Syria, for at least one semester. The study abroad programs provide the student with classes of Modern Standard Arabic and an immersion experience in a spoken Arabic dialect. Up to two courses for the Arabic minor may be taken abroad.

Note: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their minor must have these courses approved by their Arabic faculty adviser prior to their going abroad.

Course Offering at Fordham

In all 1000-level language courses, students may not enroll in a course at a lower level once they have completed a more advanced-level course.

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