The Arabic program at Mount Holyoke is a part of the Five College Arabic Language Initiative. The coursework focuses on developing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Arabic as well as in Arab culture.

Program Overview

The program offers two full years of Arabic instruction. You can pursue advanced studies of Arabic in the Five College Consortium. Students who study Arabic may choose to complete the minor in Arabic listed here or the major in Middle Eastern Studies for which language study is a principal component.

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Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 16 credits:

As prerequisites, if needed: ASIAN-130, ASIAN-131
At least two 300-level courses in Arabic8
8 additional credits of Arabic language courses at the 200 level or higher8
Total Credits16

Additional Specifications

  • Independent Studies (ASIAN-295 or ASIAN-395) do not count toward the minor
  • Language courses that are not taken at MHC must be approved by the head of the Arabic program at Mount Holyoke College to count toward the minor
  • Courses taught in English do not count toward the minor

The 100-level courses in Arabic (ASIAN-130 and ASIAN-131) are prerequisites to the intermediate and advanced courses offered through the Five College Consortium.

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