The Arabic Program offers courses in the Arabic language, Arabic literature in translation, and the civilization of Islam.
As the only Arabic program at CUNY, the Minor in Arabic can serve as an ideal addition to a student's major in History, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, Linguistics, Comparative Literature or other disciplines. The minor consists of 12 credits in language courses beyond 102 and 6 credits in courses given in English relevant to the historical and cultural development of Islamic civilization or culture.
The Arabic Language Program stresses the reading and comprehension of Modern Standard Arabic. Students are introduced to graded modern reading selections in Arabic 102. In Arabic 203, students read short classical texts in addition to modern selections. From Arabic 204 on, students can choose to begin to study either classical or modern literature.