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.
The Arabic minor consists of six courses, three of which must be taken at Fordham. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in order to fulfill minor requirements. Students must take six courses numbered 1501 and above. These must include ARAB 2400, and at least one course numbered 3000. Students who placed out of any of the following: ARAB 1501, 1502, 2001, will replace them with either 2000 or 3000 upper-level elective courses. Up to one course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the readings and assignments are done in Arabic. Students may also apply up to two courses from study abroad toward the minor:
Required core courses:
- ARAB 1501 (Intermediate Arabic I)
- ARAB 1502 (Intermediate Arabic II)
- ARAB 2001 Language and Literature
Required two 2000-level courses
Required one 3000-level course
Up to one course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the student does the readings and assignments in Arabic:
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.
- ARAB 1001 - Introduction to Arabic I
- ARAB 1002 - Introduction to Arabic II
- ARAB 1501 - Intermediate Arabic I
- ARAB 1502 - Intermediate Arabic II
- ARAB 2001 - Arabic Language and Literature I
- ARAB 2400 - Approaches to Arabic Culture
Other 2000-Level Courses
- ARAB 2601 - Arabic Conv and Comp
- ARAB 2650 - Business Arabic
- ARAB 3000 - Topics in Arabic Culture
- ARAB 3040 - Topics in Arabic Literature