Arabic Minor

A minor in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies with an Arabic concentration is available via two options: the language track and the literature track

NOTE: Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced language course offered by the department may substitute for literature/culture courses in their area of concentration. Please contact language coordinators to schedule a placement test.  

Option 1: Language Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 3 to 4 language courses above the elementary level
  • 2 of the language courses must be at the 300 level
  • 1 to 2 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*

Option 2: Literature Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 2 language courses above the elementary level
  • 1 to 2 Arabic literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*
  • 1 to 2 non-Arabic AMES literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*

* NOTE: only courses taken in one of Duke campuses could be counted towards the literature/culture requirement

Example Course Plan for Students Taking Intermediate-level Arabic

The language track
ARABIC 203—Intermediate Arabic I
ARABIC 204—Intermediate Arabic II
ARABIC 305—Advanced Arabic I
ARABIC 306—Advanced Arabic II
AMES 322—Mystical Literature
AMES 629S—Muslim Networks Across Time and Space

The literature track
ARABIC 203—Intermediate Arabic I
ARABIC 204—Intermediate Arabic II
AMES 322—Mystical Literature
AMES 225—Egypt: Mother of the World
or any other two AMES courses on Arabic literature/culture
and
AMES 311S—Poetic Cinema
or any other AMES course on areas and cultures beyond Arabic