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Associate of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies

A 2-year major in Arabic and Islamic Studies will enable students to develop the communicative necessary to function as a competent, culturally literate user of Arabic. To train students to be informed mediators between their cultures and the Arab world.

The Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will have the ability to communicate, navigating both the texture of subject matter—from the topical and concrete to the abstract and theoretical—and its register, whether colloquial or formal.
  • Students will produce written texts that present, analyze, narrate, and explain current topics in a culturally informed way. This will include the ability to speak knowledgeably in Arabic on a range of subjects, whether of their own cultures or of the Arab world.
  • Graduates will have such a command of the language that it will allow them to express their ideas, arguing for points of view while deliberating other views in a culturally meaningful way.
  • Students will have the necessary tools to grapple effectively with Arabic-language scholarship dealing with subjects such as media, literature, linguistics, and Islamic sciences.
  • Such skills will include note taking, strategies for identifying relevant information, analyzing and giving summaries in Arabic.
  • Students will also command a basic competence in translating Arabic texts in the fields of their professional interests.

Total Program Required Credits: 60 Credits

  • Core Courses Credits (30 Credits)
  • Elective courses Credits (18 Credits)
  • General Education Credits (12 Credits)

The associate degree programs are designed for those students seeking a two-year rather than four-year degree.

Associate programs stand alone and can be a final degree but may also be the foundation for further study at the bachelor’s level. The associate degree programs at AVU are meant to be taken in four semesters and consist of 60 credit hours.

For admission to associate/certificate programs, official documentation must be provided showing that the applicant:

  • Is at least 18 years old, or
  • has a high school diploma, or
  • has a General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
  • International Students: In addition to the above requirements, international students have to demonstrate knowledge of the English Language (reading and writing).

Students under the age of 18 who will not have a high school diploma or GED before the start of their first semester are not admissible but may take courses as a non-degree student. Upon turning 18 they may apply for admission to an associate or certificate program.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible for admission if they left their previous accredited institution(s) in good standing. Admission status will be determined on an individual basis if a student attended an unaccredited/nonregionally accredited postsecondary institution. Students transferring with fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable credit must submit placement scores from the ACT Plus Writing (preferred), SAT or ACCUPLACER test for placement in English or composition courses, and the ALEKS test for placement into math courses. Test results must be less than two years old for English placement and less than one year old for math placement.

* AVU reserves the right to accept students on a conditional basis if one or more of the above mentioned requirements are not met upon admission. However, any deficiencies must be remedied within four months from the program start date.

American Vision University was founded with a vision of making exceptional quality education affordable and convenient for students who are juggling career/family obligations. We abide by that vision strongly even today and this is the sole reason why we are able to offer unmatched value of education at an extremely affordable fee that stays the same

Tuition Fees: Associate tuition fee per credit: $200.00 USD 60 credits are required to complete the program Total tuition fees: $12,000 USD (2 years)

Payment Options

Full Tuition Payment: The student has the option to pay for the degree program in a single payment by the date of registration. If this is not possible, a financial plan is available.

Term-by-Term Payment Plan: This option offer students a way to make four equal payments over the course of the semester. The first payment will be taken at the time of enrollment. The three remaining payments are automatically withdrawn from the students account in equal installments over the course of the semester and are scheduled by/with the Enrollment Advisor. This plan offers for students to finance their education while earning their degree. By avoiding college student loans, students can ideally graduate with zero debt.


  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
  • We also accept cash payment upfront and in full for your registered courses
  • We accept bank wire transfers. Wire fees may apply, please check with your bank. Student Accounts Department can provide the SWIFT details.
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