Arabic Linguistics & Literature


Arabic Studies at the University of Texas is a comprehensive program in Arabic language, literature, and culture.  The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers doctoral degrees in Arabic, with a concentration in either linguistics (theoretical or applied) or literature.  The program aims to graduate students with Superior proficiency in Arabic as well as substantial cultural knowledge.


Graduate training in Arabic stresses cultural training, linguistic proficiency, and sophisticated use of research methods and theories, preparing students to research, analyze, write, and teach in their fields of specialty. Graduate seminars conducted in Arabic are offered in the areas of language, literature, and culture. In addition, courses in history and Islamic studies offer Arabic language components that develop research skills in Arabic. Graduate students also play a vital role in the Arabic program as teaching assistants and assistant instructors and participate in the development of language curriculum and pedagogy. Students are expected to reach Superior proficiency in Arabic before graduation. 



Degree Requirements and Track Specifications


Core Degree

9 hours of MELC courses, 9 hours of language seminars, at least 3 hours of comprehensive exams, reading knowledge of French or German, mastery in a Middle Eastern language, at least 6 credit hours of dissertation coursework 

Arabic (Linguistics) 

Students are required to choose a major field in either literature/culture or language/linguistics, in addition to two minor fields (such as intellectual history or gender studies) 

Arabic (Literature) 

Courses must include 6 hours of literary theory/cultural studies. 






If you have specific questions about our programs or admissions requirements that you cannot locate on the website please email Lisa Parisi

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