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University of Richmond

Program description


The demand and interest in Arabic has increased over the past decade. Arabic is the language spoken by over 300 million people but is also the canonical language of Islam. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset to anyone who wants to understand the world today. It is important for those who study politics, business, and culture. With a major or a minor in Arabic studies, you will be at an advantage in a job market that values global awareness, communication skills, and the capacity to perform on an increasingly transnational stage. Arabic studies achieves this through an emphasis on critical thinking, a cross-cultural perspective, and more in-depth knowledge of the cultural and social patterns that have emerged from an area that has been at the crossroad between East and West. The program in Arabic studies at the University of Richmond not only provides you with opportunities to acquire advanced Arabic language skills, it also introduces you to Arab culture and history through courses on literature, film, and history of ideas.

Arabic studies majors complete nine units of coursework distributed between language and area studies; minors must complete five courses.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Arabic Major & Minor courses

  • Advanced Arabic I
  • Advanced Arabic II
  • Advanced Arabic Conversation
  • Arabic in Media
  • Introduction to Arabic in Literature
  • Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West
  • Sex and Gender in the Middle East
  • Grammar Through Texts
  • Selected Topics
  • Archaeology of the Middle East
  • Harem and Veils
  • The Modern Middle East
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • Contending Visions of the Middle East
  • International Law Practicum
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • Sex and Family in the Greek and Roman Worlds
  • Religion and the Arts
  • Religion and Literature
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Ninety-nine Names of God
  • Saints and Sinners in Muslim Literature
  • Sufism: Introduction to Islamic Mysticism
  • Muslim Family Law (when cross-listed with Arabic)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Major

  • Understanding historical language change
  • Working with original sources in many fields
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Weighing values
  • Writing clearly

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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