To earn a minor in Arabic, students must take four units of Arabic language coursework and must take an approved elective. Students may choose to incorporate independent research into their academic program as well.
Many students choose to pair their study of Arabic with the study of another language or interdisciplinary study in international studies or a comparable major. The Arabic minor is organized in a four-semester sequence that fulfills the University’s COM-2 requirement. Additional independent study courses are available once a student has successfully passed the intermediate level. Advanced students can choose to become practice assistants or work in the Language Across the Curriculum program to hone their language skills.
Each fall, the department offers Arabic 101 and 201, and every spring Arabic 102 and 202 are offered. Most students, therefore, choose to begin their study of Arabic in the fall semester.
Students who are interested in studying Arabic purely for enjoyment, and not to fulfill the University of Richmond’s language requirement, should review the Arabic for Lifelong Learners program through the School of Continuing Studies. The classes meet once a week, typically in the evenings.