Near Eastern Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Arabic BA

Learning Outcomes

The Arabic major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated written and oral mastery of the Arabic language
  • Demonstrated knowledge of other Arabic dialects such as Iraqi, Egyptian, etc.
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Ability to read texts in Arabic, and to analyze the language and cultural context
  • Identification, evaluation, and analysis of historical monuments, time periods, vocabulary, concepts, and historical figures

Preparation for the Major

Required: Arabic 1A, 1B, 1C, and History 9D or Middle Eastern Studies 50C.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Arabic major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one year of Arabic.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven courses, including (1) Arabic 102A and 102B and 102C or 108, 150 or M151, Islamic Studies M110 and (2) six courses from Anthropology M166Q, Arabic 103A, 103B, 103C, 105, M106, M107, M110, 111A, 111B, 111C, 112A, 112B, 112C, 115, 116A, 116B, 116C, 120, M123, 130, 132, C141, 142, M148, 150 or M151 (unless taken under item 1), M155, M171, 180, 181, Art History 119A, 119B, C120, Comparative Literature 100, History 105A, 105B, 105C, M106, 108B, 111A, 111B, 111C, Islamic Studies 130, 151, Political Science 132A, M132B, 157, 165. No more than one course may be credited through a proficiency test administered by the department. No more than two upper-division 4-unit independent study or directed research courses (197, 199) may be applied toward the major. Other courses, including extra-departmental courses, may be applied with consent of the adviser.