Arabic Program

To declare a minor in Arabic, you will need to:

  1. Fill out and submit the Declaration of Minor Form »
  2. Print an unofficial transcript. (Request an official transcript via your PAWS account. You will then immediately be sent an e-mail with your transcript as an attachment.)
  3. Meet with the Arabic program advisor Khuloud Labanieh during the walk-in office hours or make an appointment via email and determine your course plan. Please bring your unofficial transcript with you.

    Khuloud Labanieh, PhD, Co-coordinator of Arabic Language Program
    Office: Curtin Hall 878
    Phone: 414-251-9175


Retro credits earned at the 200-level or above may count toward the minor. Students who begin their Arabic studies in higher-level courses may need to take additional credits, approved by the Arabic language coordinator, to reach a minimum of 18 credits in Arabic.

A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 300-level or above in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work. Students entering with no previous Arabic language experience should enroll in ARABIC 101. Students entering with previous knowledge of, or high school preparation in, Arabic, or transfer students who have studied Arabic in other colleges, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement consultation with the Arabic program coordinator. Students placed into a course beyond the 101 level who complete their first course with a grade of at least a B may receive retroactive credits, to a maximum of 16 credits (no more than 4 credits for any single course), for the courses leading to the one into which they placed.

The minor in Arabic consists of a minimum of 18 credits, with the following courses (or equivalents) required:

ARABIC 201Third Semester Arabic5
ARABIC 202Fourth Semester Arabic5
ARABIC 301Fifth Semester Arabic3
ARABIC 302Sixth Semester Arabic3
Select one of the following: 13
Islam: Religion and Culture
Internship in Arabic, Upper Division
Study Abroad:
Ad Hoc:
Advanced Independent Study
Total Credits19

Or an upper-level culture course, at least 3 credits, approved by the Arabic Program Coordinator.

Two-Year Course Planning Schedule

This two-year provisional schedule is available to assist you with long-term planning. Please note that this schedule is subject to change and represents our best projection as of the date on the document. Please refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes for each term before registering to confirm which classes are offered.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature offers six semesters of instruction in Arabic language.

Related Program

Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Certificate Program Contact

Khuloud Labanieh, PhD, Co-coordinator of Arabic Language Program
Office: Curtin Hall 878

UWM Undergraduate Catalog

Schedule of Classes