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BA Arabic and Islamic Studies

A major in Arabic and Islamic Studies will enable students to develop the communicative proficiency 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. This degree will link the competence in Arabic with the knowledge of the language’s many histories and contexts. Students will familiarize themselves with a background about Arab history, culture, politics, literature, geography, and intellectual life that they are able to explore the Arab world in an independent and critical way. It will provide students with the skills to use Arabic in a range of scholarly, professional and public contexts with speakers of Arabic.

The Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates should be able to engage in discussions of a range of topics related to their particular professional interests
  • Students will have the ability to communicate effectively, 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 be able to express themselves clearly—presenting and analyzing ideas, arguing points of view and considering other views, as well as commenting on Arabic books and lectures they have encountered
  • 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
  • Graduates will have enough familiarity with a variety of traditions from the Arab world that they will feel comfortable directly citing Arabic sources from film to music and poetry to religious texts
  • 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: 120 Credits

  • Core Courses Credits (30 Credits)
  • Elective courses Credits (60 Credits)
  • General Education Credits (30 Credits)


Core Courses

TAJW 101 - Tajweed I | 3 credits
FIQA 110 – Fiqh I | 3 credits
AENA 115 – Seerah Nabawiya 1 | 3 credits
AQED 231 – Aqeedah I | 3 credits
HADE 320 - Hadeeth I: Terminology | 3 credits
TAJW 232 – Tajweed II | 3 credits
FIQA 350 – Fiqah II | 3 credits
TAFS 215 – Tafser I | 3 credits
AQED 410 - Aqeedah II | 3 credits
TAFS499 -Tafser II | 3 credits

Electives Courses

ARA 212 - Cultures of the Middle East | 3 credits
ARA 207 - Islamic Civilization | 3 credits

ARA 223 - Islam and Politics | 3 credits
ARA 222 - Islamic Mysticism: Sufism | 3 credits
ARA 331 - Islamic Love Poetry | 3 credits
ARA 334 - Arabic Sufi Poetry | 3 credits
ARA 336 - Readings in the Text of the Qur’an | 3 credits
ARA 337 - The Writing of Ibn al-'Arabi | 3 credits
ARA 245 - Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture | 3 credits
ARA 278 - Art and Architecture across the Medieval Mediterranean | 3 credits
POLI 299 - Cultural Diversity and the Law | 3 credits
ARA 399 - Islam in South Asia | 3 credits
ARA 360 - Modern Islamic Thought: Between Modernity and Tradition | 3 credits
ARA 362 - Muslim Immigrants in the West | 3 credits
ARA 296 - Islam Across Cultures | 3 credits
ARA 297 - Comparative Religious Ethics: Modern Moral Issues | 3 credits
ARA 298 - Anthropology of the Muslim World | 3 credits
REL 266 - Critics of Modernity | 3 credits
ARA 304 - History, Religion, and Empire in the Early Islamic Period (600-1200 CE) | 3 credits
ARA 363 - Muhammad and Prophecy | 3 credits
ARA 364 - Introduction to the Modern Middle East | 3 credits
ARA 347 - Early Modern Muslim Empires | 3 credits
ARA 354 - Contemporary Muslim Literatures | 3 credits
ARA 355 - Early Islamic Historiography | 3 credits
ARA 177 - Introduction to Islamic Law | 3 credits
ARA 358 - Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials | 3 credits
ARA 276 - Beginner Arabic Grammar 1 | 3 credits
ARA 279 - Beginner Arabic Grammar 2 | 3 credits
ARA 281- Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1 | 3 credits
ARA 282 - Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2 | 3 credits
ARA 359 - Advanced Arabic Grammar | 3 credits
ARA 366 - Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures | 3 credits
ARA 290 - Islamic Family Law | 3 credits
ARA 425 - Special Topics in Arabic Culture | 3 credits
ARA 436 - Multicultural Civilizations: The Middle East | 3 credits
ARA 469 - Topics in Arabic | 3 credits
ARA 455 - Development in the Arab World: Theories, Issues, and Institutions | 3 credits
ARA 487 - Economics of the Middle East | 3 credits
ARA 493 - Comparative Politics of the Middle East | 3 credits

General Education

ENG 101 - English Composition I | 3 credits
ENG 110 - English Composition II | 3 credits
ISMA – Islamic Management | 3 credits
Math 206 - Collage Algebra | 3 credits
COMP 101 - Introduction to Computer Science | 3 credits
ARB 100 – Arabic I | 3 credits
COMM 106 - Interpersonal Communication | 3 credits
PHIL 102 - Critical Thinking | 3 credits
ARAB 106 – Arabic II | 3 credits
ISPS 201 – Islamic Psychology | 3 credits


Applications are processed on a rolling basis and applicants are usually informed of the admissions decision within a few weeks of the time the completed application is received.

Candidates for admission should request an application from the Office of Admissions or complete the online application. Admissions counselors are available to answer questions and offer assistance to prospective students. We welcome all students regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or disability.

Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria:

A completed application will include:

  • An official high school transcript
  • Teacher or counselor recommendation
  • A 250-word, untimed essay
  • Students who have not completed four years of high school should have an official GED record forwarded to the Admissions Office

Transfer Students

We recognize the special needs of transfer students and welcomes applications from students who are considering transferring to our school. Students are admitted from other accredited junior and senior colleges and universities, provided that they are in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of transfer. Courses assigned a grade of C or better will be reviewed for transfer credit, however transfer credit is evaluated individually by the dean of each division. High school records and college transcripts sent to the Admissions Office must be official and complete.

International Students

International students are a valued part of our student body. International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit the results of their TOEFL examination or to take AVU English Language assessment test in addition to the above requirements.

* 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:
Bachelor tuition fee per credit: $200.00 USD
120 credits are required to complete the program
Total tuition fees: $24,000 USD (4 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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