The Arabic major requires four years of language study or its equivalent. Majors must also choose one of two disciplinary tracks: literature or linguistics. Each disciplinary track requires the completion of four content courses, including one introductory course specific to the discipline. Majors have the option of preparing a senior project or a senior thesis for honors.
Major in Arabic: (Minimum number of courses - 13)
Students majoring in Arabic must take:
1) Arabic language through ARBC 0302 or the equivalent: ARBC 0101, ARBC 0102, ARBC 0103, ARBC 0201, ARBC 0202, ARBC 0301, ARBC 0302;
2) Two courses in Arabic at the 0400-level;
3) Students must spend at least one semester in an Arabic-program abroad. The program strongly recommends that students spend a full year abroad.
a. ENAM 0205, LITS 0205 or LITS 0360, plus three additional courses in Arabic literature (for students pursuing senior work in literature)
b. LNGT 0101, LNGT 0102 or ARBC 0111, plus two additional courses in Arabic linguistics and one in Arabic literature (for students pursuing senior work in linguistics);
(Only one course per semester at a Middlebury College study abroad site may fulfill the 3a or 3b course requirement.)
Content courses for 3a and 3b taken in schools abroad require Departmental approval of the syllabus and a dossier of all written work (consisting of at least two exams and 8 typed pages of Arabic). Direct-enrolled courses at a school abroad will be counted at the 400-level, with Departmental approval of the syllabus and a dossier of all written work (consisting of at least 12 typed pages of Arabic).
Senior Work: Majors with a B+ average in their Arabic coursework may elect to prepare a one-term senior project (ARBC 0600, taken in the Spring) or a thesis (ARBC 0700/0701, taken in Fall and Winter or Winter and Spring). Senior projects and theses are usually written in English, but must demonstrate significant use of Arabic sources. Senior theses will include a 2000 word summary in Arabic.
Departmental honors are determined by a combination of thesis grade and grade point average in courses taken in the Arabic Program at Middlebury College and at Middlebury College’s study abroad sites in Alexandria or Amman.
Joint Major: Joint majors with other departments must: 1) complete Arabic language coursework through ARBC 0302 or the equivalent prior to the commencement of senior work, 2) take two courses related to Arab literature or linguistics, and 3) complete a senior project that explicitly engages the scholarly methodologies of both departments. (See above for guidelines regarding courses taken at schools abroad and at the Summer Language Program.)
Minor in Arabic: Students may minor in Arabic by 1) studying Arabic language through ARBC 0302 or the equivalent; and 2) taking two other courses related to Arabic culture (cinema, literature, pop-culture, etc.) or Arabic linguistics. Only one of the two courses on Arabic culture or linguistics may be taken abroad. (See above for guidelines regarding courses taken at schools abroad and at the Summer Language Program.)