Arabic

major

Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Arabic language is the key to understanding the culture and history of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula. Arabic is also the liturgical language of more than a billion Muslims, and it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The Arabic specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major enables students to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the many facets of the Arab world: its society, culture, history, arts, religions, and literary heritage.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

Home to 15 different language programs, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Italian, Russian to Vietnamese, LLC gives students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever-more internationalized world.
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 Curriculum

The B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of a specific language (or languages) and advanced familiarity with the cultural practices and traditions associated with the language(s) of specialization. The major in FLL enhances critical thinking and communication skills and provides students with a cross-cultural understanding of our contemporary world. The program allows students the flexibility to explore a single or dual language specialization as well as the opportunity to study culture through interdisciplinary fields of critical concentration, such as Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Intensive Area Studies, Literary Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. A major in FLL offers an excellent basis for a variety of careers, including graduate study in an area of foreign language and culture and/or in the humanities and social sciences, as well as careers in education, international development, diplomacy and government, national security, communications, law, journalism, arts and culture, publishing, and global business. Participation in UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.

The Arabic specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major provides students with a solid background in the linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of the Arab World, including North Africa, the Arab Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula. The major gives students a foundation in the Arabic language, including speaking, reading, writing, and listening, as well as the opportunity to advance their knowledge of Arab cultures. It prepares students for graduate school and is ideal for students considering careers in government and diplomacy, academia, business, and international development. Many students choose to double major in the Arabic specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major and another subject in social sciences, humanities, business, or journalism.

Coursework for the Major

The Arabic specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major consists of preparatory language study at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level), and 33 hours of advanced language, theory, and culture study in the upper division (3000 level and above).

All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework
ARA 1130Beginning Arabic 15
ARA 1131Beginning Arabic 25
ARA 2220Intermediate Arabic 14
ARA 2221Intermediate Arabic 24
Required Core Coursework
Advanced Language and Culture
ARA 3410Advanced Arabic 13
ARA 3411Advanced Arabic 23
ARA 4420Arabic through the Texts3
Advanced Elective Coursework
Select 15 credits:15
Arabic Literary Heritage 1
Arabic Culture
The Qur'an as Literature
Spoken Arabic
The Arab Woman
Fourth Year Arabic 1
Fourth Year Arabic 2
Arabic Sociolinguistics
Structure of Standard Arabic
Individual Study (3 credits max.)
Special Topics
Critical Concentration
Select nine credits from one area: 19
Intensive Area Studies: Arabic Studies 2
Comparative Cultural Studies
Film and Visual Culture
Literary Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Total Credits51

Overseas Study

Students of the Arabic specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major are encouraged to study abroad for a summer or a semester. Students may choose the nine-week summer UF-sponsored program in the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) in Morocco. The program offers students the opportunity to earn 11 credit hours (only 6 may be transferred as part of the Required Foundation Coursework).
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Students may also choose another UF-approved study-abroad program in Morocco or another Arab country (e.g., in Jordan, Qatar).

Placement

In all languages, students with either a native background in the language or prior study in that language might be eligible to place out of the preparatory language courses and should meet with the undergraduate coordinator to arrange for placement assessment.

Research

Students with an upper-division GPA of 3.5 are encouraged to write a thesis for high or highest honors at graduation.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

SEMESTER 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 3

  • Complete ARA 1130 or higher-level Arabic Language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 4

  • Complete ARA 1131 or higher-level Arabic Language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 5

  • Complete ARA 2220 or a higher-level Arabic Language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete ARA 2221 or a higher-level Arabic language course
  • Complete 2 Advanced Electives
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete ARA 3410
  • Complete 1 Advanced Elective
  • Complete 1 Critical Concentration course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete ARA 3411 
  • Completed ARA 4420
  • Complete 2 Advanced Electives
  • Complete 2 Critical Concentration courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). 3000 level or above critical concentration courses outside of Arabic may count toward the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ARA 1130 Beginning Arabic 1 (Critical Tracking) 5
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
ARA 1131 Beginning Arabic 2 (Critical Tracking) 5
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Science Laboratory (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 1
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
ARA 2220 Intermediate Arabic 1 (Critical Tracking) 4
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area NOT taken in semester 1) 1 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
ARA 2221 Intermediate Arabic 2 (Critical Tracking) 4
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; in the major) 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity 3
Electives (3000 level or above; not in major) 6
 Credits16
Semester Five
ARA 3410 Advanced Arabic 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; in the major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
ARA 3411 Advanced Arabic 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; in the major) 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Electives 5
 Credits14
Semester Seven
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced electives (Critical Tracking; in the major) 6
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Elective or senior thesis option 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
ARA 4420 Arabic through the Texts (Critical Tracking) 3
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Critical Concentration Courses

 9 Credits from One Concentration

Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

Intensive Area Studies: Arabic
ABT 3130Arabic Literary Heritage 13
ABT 3500Arabic Culture3
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
ARA 3241Spoken Arabic3
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
ARA 4400Fourth Year Arabic 13
ARA 4401Fourth Year Arabic 23
ARA 4822Arabic Sociolinguistics3
ARA 4850Structure of Standard Arabic3
ARA 4905Individual Study (maximum 3 credits)1-5
ARA 4930Special Topics3
Comparative Cultural Studies
ABT 3500Arabic Culture3
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHI 3403Chinese Calligraphy3
CHT 3500Chinese Culture3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CZT 3564Modern Czech Culture and Society3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3003German Culture and Civilization 13
GET 3004Modern German Culture and Civilization3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
HAI 3930Haitian Culture and Society3
HAT 3564Haitian Culture and Society3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JMT 3500Jamaican Creole, Reggae, and Rastafari3
JPT 3500Japanese Culture3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3500Russian Cultural Heritage3
RUT 3501Contemporary Russian Culture and Society3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3504Russia Today3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
VTT 3500Vietnamese Culture3
YOT 3500Yoruba Diaspora in the New World3
Film and Visual Culture
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3391Chinese Film and Media4
CHT 3523Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the New Global Cinema4
FRT 3520French Cinema4
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
FRT 4523European Identities, European Cinemas4
GET 3520Early German Cinema to 19454
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4521Women and German Cinema4
GET 4523New Cinema 1945 to the Present4
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
ITT 3521Italian Cinema4
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPN 4930Special Topics in Japanese Studies3
JPT 3391Introduction to Japanese Film4
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
SSA 4930Special Topics in African Studies3
Literary Studies
ABT 3130Arabic Literary Heritage 13
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3124Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3501History, Literature and Arts of Berlin3
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HAT 3503Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
HBT 3223Identity and Dissent in the Hebrew Short Story3
HBT 3563Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction3
HBT 3564Motherhood in Modern Hebrew Literature3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPT 3100Tales of Kyoto3
JPT 3120Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPT 3121Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern3
JPT 3140Modern Women Writers3
JPT 3150Classical Japanese Poetry3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 4130The Tale of Genji3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
PLT 3930Special Topics in Polish Studies3
RUT 3101Russian Masterpieces3
RUT 3441Tolstoy and Dostoevsky3
RUT 3442Themes from Russian Literature3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3452Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 3930Variable Topics in Russian Studies3
RUT 4440Pushkin and Gogol3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
SST 4502African Oral Literature3
SSW 3303Swahili Oral Literature3
SSW 4713African Women Writers3
VTN 4930Special Topics in Vietnamese Studies3
YOR 4502Yoruba Oral Literature3
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
MEM 3003Introduction to the Medieval World3
MEM 3300Castles and Cloisters: An Introduction to Medieval Communities3
MEM 3301Palaces and Cities: An Introduction to Early Modern Communities3
MEM 3730Studies in the Holy Roman Empire3
MEM 3931Variable Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies3

The Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) major enables students to achieve communicative competence in their language(s) of specialization. Students will become knowledgeable in the culture and literature and/or linguistics associated with their language area(s) such that they will be able to critically analyze and evaluate authentic sources in the target language(s) and formulate independent, critical perspectives in the target language(s). Further, students will learn the intercultural skills and practical know-how necessary to negotiate traveling, studying, and living in the target culture(s).

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfy the Florida statutes for the College-Level Academic Skills Requirement.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
  • Achieve one or more of the following, as determined by their specialization within the FLL program: an acceptable score on a language proficiency test and/or a satisfactory faculty evaluation of a term paper, final project, or oral presentation completed for a selected advanced course.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Describe and define cultural concepts, literary production, and/or linguistic structure in language(s) of specialization.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate texts according to their cultural, literary and/or linguistic content.

Communication

  1. Express critical competence in relation to the culture(s) of specialization through performance of comprehensive analysis in written and oral form.
  2. Display oral and written proficiency in language(s) of specialization.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
Category A1 I, R I I I, R, A
Category B2 I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A

Assessment Types

  • Proficiency exams
  • Term papers or final projects
  • Oral presentations