• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Major code ARAB-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Arabic is the mother language of over 250 million people in the Middle East (West Asia and North Africa), and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also the language of the Qur’an with special importance to all Muslims.  Arabic is the language of an ancient civilization, which contributed greatly to human knowledge. Its influence is strongly felt on such languages as Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian and Malay, among others. Arabic is also the living medium of a contemporary dynamic literature and culture. Its rich and magnificent poetry, classical and modern, is especially captivating.

The major is designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking reading and writing in an integrated way. Courses use Modern Standard Arabic as the language of teaching. 



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

Students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • write texts in Arabic in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student.
  • read, comprehend and infer authors’ meanings in newspapers, magazines, literary and critical texts written in Arabic.
  • engage with authentic media such as Arabic news, movies or music by analysing and evaluating their content.
  • communicate verbally in a variety of settings with proficient Arabic speakers.
  • identify and differentiate aspects and issues of the cultures and societies associated with the Arabic language.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

48 units from the following courses

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARAB3001 Advanced Arabic A 6
ARAB3002 Advanced Arabic B 6
ARAB3008 Arab Current Affairs and Media Arabic 6
ARAB3009 A Semester in the Arab World 24

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARAB1002 Introductory Arabic A 6
ARAB1003 Introductory Arabic B 6
  ARAB 2010: Applied Arabic
ARAB2011 Intermediate Arabic A 6
ARAB2012 Intermediate Arabic B 6
ARAB3003 Introductory Course to Arabic Linguistics 6
ARAB3004 Research Project (Arabic) 6
ARAB3005 Introductory Course to Arabic Literature 6
ARAB3006 Special Topics in Arabic 6
ARAB3007 Directed Study Project (Arabic) 6
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6
POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East 6
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