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.