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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Arabic Program

In the spring of 2006, we received approval to offer Modern, Standard Arabic as part of the Core Curriculum Program. Student demand led us to add the fourth semester course (202) shortly thereafter.

The typical student will begin with 101 (first semester Arabic) and progress to third semester Arabic (201) to complete the Core Curriculum requirement.

Students with a strong background in Arabic (having studied it previously or learned it in a non-academic setting) may be able to skip 101, and begin with 102 (second semester Arabic). Anyone who has completed Arabic 102 at a college or university may satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement by taking only Arabic 201.

We offer very advanced students the opportunity of taking the Competency Exam in lieu of 201. To learn more, please use the Languages and Literatures home link above and then click on "Competency Exam."

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Arabic class at USD or elsewhere.