Arabic Studies (Minor)

Starting in 2016, UMass Boston students can minor in Arabic studies through the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Why declare a minor in Arabic studies at UMass Boston?

  1. The U.S. Department of State has designated Arabic a critical language.
  2. Arabic is one of the most commonly spoken language in the world.
  3. Arabic is the official language of more than 20 countries.
  4. Learning Arabic promotes cultural and international understanding.
  5. Learning Arabic makes you better prepared and more competitive for the job market.


2 Intermediate Language Courses

2 Content Courses

2 Electives


  • A minimum of two courses at the 300-level or above is required.
  • One of the content courses in the department and/or one of the electives can be an independent study that produces a research project focused on the Arab world.
  • Honors, Research and Methods, and Special Topics courses related to the Arab world can count as electives toward the minor.
  • Students who place out of intermediate level classes substitute a related course approved by the minor advisors or department chair.
  • No course fulfilling the requirements for the minor may be taken pass/fail.
  • Transfer Course Policy: At least three of the six courses required for the minor must be taken in the UMass Boston Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. A minimum grade of C is required for all transfer credits.

Questions? Contact Director Muhammad Masud at