Arabic Minor

The Arabic minor consists of six courses, four of which must be taken at Fordham. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in order to fulfill minor requirements. Students must take six courses numbered ARAB 1501 and above:

Course Title Credits
ARAB 1501Intermediate Arabic I3
ARAB 1502Intermediate Arabic II3
ARAB 2001Arabic Language and Literature3
ARAB 2400Approaches to Arabic Culture4
Two ARAB electives 1,26 to 8

Electives include any course with the ARAB subject code, and a list can be found here. Up to one translation course may also be applied toward the minor. These classes will have the ARAB attribute.


At least one 3000 level course is required. A 2000-level ARAB course is a prerequisite for all 3000-level ARAB courses.

Students who place out of ARAB 1501, ARAB 1502, ARAB 2001, will replace them with either 2000 or 3000 upper-level elective courses. Students may also apply up to two courses from study abroad toward the minor.

AP and IB Credit

All courses counting towards the core language requirement and the major or the minor in a modern foreign language, literature and culture must be taken for credit and a letter grade. When AP or IB credits are awarded as equivalent to the 1502 level in a language, these credits will be applied toward the core language requirement and, as elective credits, toward graduation, but they will not be applied toward the major or the minor in that language.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is not required. However, students interested in the Arabic minor are strongly encouraged to study in an Arabic-speaking country, such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, or Syria, for at least one semester. The study abroad programs provide the student with classes of Modern Standard Arabic and an immersion experience in a spoken Arabic dialect. Up to two courses for the Arabic minor may be taken abroad.


The minor in Arabic is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in Arabic only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.