The major in Arabic offers students the opportunity to engage in linguistic and cultural training focusing on the Arab Middle East, North Africa, and Diaspora through coursework in language, literature, and culture. In addition, students will benefit from the multiple resources for Arab Studies in the New York City area through internships and research. These resources include museums, cultural organizations, and academic centers, institutions, and organizations devoted to the study of the Arab Middle East and North Africa and its people, and Arab communities in the United States. Arabic, one of the six official languages of the United Nations, is the official language of 26 nations and is spoken by over 300 million people worldwide. Additionally, it is a liturgical language for over 1.8 billion Muslims. The Arabic speaking regions of the Middle East and North Africa are among the most significant regions shaping contemporary world politics. From the politics and economics of oil and religious movements, to the dynamics of the Arab uprisings and democratic transformations in the region, this area has played a central role in world history for centuries. The United States has been deeply involved in the region for many decades and plays a central role in current politics there. Graduates of the Arabic Major will have attained advanced linguistic training and will have a deep cultural knowledge that will prepare them for work in governmental and non-governmental organizations, business, human rights, and social services. In addition, graduates of the Arabic Program will have attained a broad array of knowledge and skills that will allow them to pursue advanced studies in a number of academic fields including anthropology, art history, religion, comparative literature, linguistics, history, Middle East Studies, philosophy, political science, and sociology.
Hunter Core Requirement
Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement. In the case of Arabic, the courses that meet CCCR are:
Courses Required for the Major (27-33)
The Arabic Major at Hunter has three key components: A) a core sequence of Language courses, B) a choice of electives in both Arabic and English, and C) a capstone course. The total number of credits is 27-33 credits depending on the level of Arabic a student comes to the program with. The rationale for this curriculum is to prepare students to graduate having reached an Advanced level of proficiency on the ACTFL scale and a deep knowledge of Arab Culture.
A. Core Language Sequence
The major has two basic sequences: one for Heritage Learners and one for non-Heritage learners.
Core Language Sequence for Heritage Learners (15 credits assuming no exemptions):
Core Language Sequence for non-Heritage Learners (21 credits assuming no exemptions)
B. Electives in both Arabic and English (6 to 9 credits):
Heritage Learners will choose, after the required ARB 15000 Introduction to Modern Arab Cultures , two other culture classes in English (chosen from among eight different classes that we currently offer on a regular basis). Heritage Learners will also choose one Arabic elective class (chosen from among four different advanced classes that we offer on a regular basis or our internship class). Both Heritage Learners and Non-Heritage Learners who come in having placed out of some of our core sequence will take a higher number of these electives to reach the 27 credit requirement for the major.
Non-Heritage Learners will choose, after the required ARB 15000 Introduction to Modern Arab Cultures , one other culture class in English (chosen from among eight different classes that we currently offer on a regular basis). They will also choose one Arabic elective class (chosen from among four different advanced classes that we offer on a regular basis or our internship class).
C. Arabic Senior Capstone course
The Arabic Senior Capstone course, ARB 49000 (3 credits) is intended to have students integrate and synthesize the knowledge of the Arab world that they have developed through previous coursework into a final project (in Arabic). Projects may include: academic papers synthesizing primary and secondary sources; artistic and/or documentary videos; source or archival directories; annotated bibliographies; artistic performances whether live or recorded (or both); exhibitions/installations; literary or cultural criticism; feature-length journalism; reports on services; websites or computer applications.