Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Arabic Studies

Arabic language training at UT is a part of a comprehensive program in Arabic Studies offering coursework in formal and spoken Arabic at all stages of proficiency, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. ARA 601C is open to anyone with no background in Arabic who wishes to learn the language.

The core Arabic curriculum consists of three years (six semesters) of language-centered coursework that aims to build skills in reading, listening, speaking, writing, and culture.

First Year Second Year Third Year
ARA 601C (6 credits) ARA 621K (6 credits) ARA 531K (5 credits)
ARA 611C (6 credits) ARA 621L (6 credits) ARA 531L (5 credits)

These courses offer a proficiency-based curriculum based on the methodology of the Al-Kitaab textbook series, which introduces students to both formal and spoken Arabic from the beginning, and focuses on developing learning and comprehension strategies in addition to the active acquisition of vocabulary and grammar. The program is demanding, and requires a significant time commitment on the part of the student, but the reward for that commitment is steady progress toward Advanced proficiency and beyond (based on the scale of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Students are expected to reach Intermediate Low to Mid proficiency by the end of the first year, Intermediate Mid to High by the end of the second, and Advanced proficiency by the end of the third year.

Beyond the three-year core, students may choose from a large number of upper division and graduate courses taught in Arabic that focus on an area or discipline, such as linguistics, literature, news media, cinema, history, political science, culture and thought.

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.

All students who have not previously taken Arabic classes at UT but who have some prior knowledge of Arabic, however obtained, must take a placement test before registering for any Arabic class. The test includes listening, reading, writing, and an oral interview with the test proctor. The test is given during the week before classes begin, and the exact time and date are announced on the Middle Eastern Studies website under Placement.

Program Contacts:

Amber Ahmed
Undergraduate Coordinator
(512) 471-5107
CAL 512

Aswaat Arabiyya - Instructional Website

Intensive Arabic Summer Institute

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