Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Language and Literature

The Arabic Department's mission aims at preserving and enriching Arabic Language as a written text and spoken discourse capable of reflecting the diversity and complexity of the Arabic/ Islamic culture and civilization. The Department is also determined to enhance and develop Arabic Language teaching and pedagogy in a sophisticated way in order to reinforce the Arabic / Islamic identity of the nation. Further, the Department aims to academically prepare a generation of graduates, holders of a college degree in Arabic Language and Literature, able to participate in the enrichment of the intellectual, cultural and educational institutions inside and outside UAE. As a center of cultural illumination and scholarship, the Arabic Department at UAEU supports multi-disciplinary activities promoting inter-civilizational dialogue and giving priority to genuine social values and moral traditions. In addition to a deep- rooted interest in Arabic literary heritage, the Department aims to build bridges with other cultures exploring new avenues of cultural diversity and integrating foreign language education in its curriculum.

Program Objectives

  • Developing students' knowledge of language and organizing modern linguistic theories that student studied them.
  • Developing students' knowledge of literature and criticism and deepening understanding of the heritage ,Literature and contemporary literary and critical theories.
  • Giving students the skills that would enable them to exercise good reading, comprehension and expression.
  • Developing methods of scientific research and critical thinking.
  • Developing love and faith to the homeland, nation, language and belief in the human values.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Form the structure of the word according to dictionaries and Morphological rules.
  • Mention verbal changes, meters and meanings.
  • Control vocabulary use grammatically according to language standards.
  • Shape linguistic structures correctly according to grammatical rules.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of modern linguistic theories in the analysis of the structures and detecting their implications.
  • Explain literary text and revealing meaning, purpose and images.
  • Show the most important critical issues addressed by the old critics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of modern theories of criticism.
  • Listen the most important sources of literary heritage, rhetoric, criticism and their authors.
  • know famous (the figures) poets, writers and their ages and literary production.
  • Read the text correctly without linguistic or stylistic errors.
  • Express orally an accurate expression of the meanings and purposes of the texts.
  • Criticize the text objectively.
  • Analyze text in literary and Scientific way.
  • Explain the literary image revealing the elements of its aesthetic values.
  • Specify the subject of the search to allow Innovation and creativity
  • Specify the method and the plan that suit search subject .
  • Use the Library and Network in obtaining sources and the preparation of the scientific subject
  • Discuss opinions and views rationally and scientifically.
  • Write search in a way that demonstrates scientific thinking and linguistic aesthetics.
  • Provide evidences of the impact of our Arabic creativity in human heritage
  • Express writings that shows the richness of language and its ability to deal with modern age.
  • Demonstrate pride of nation, faith, and richness of Arabic and Islamic culture and Heritage.
  • Collaborate with others to accomplish the scientific goals of team work research

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS122Modern World History3.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major


Arabic Language and Literature Major (Req CH:42)

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARB100Styles of Literary Expression3.000
ARB110Introduction to Syntax & Morphology3.000
ARB120Arabic Rhetoric I3.000
ARB130Literary Texts Analysis3.000
ARB160General Linguistics3.000
ARB406Research Methods in Language & Literature3.000
ARB430Modern Literature Criticism3.000


Concentrations - Student must choose Language or Literature

Language Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARB311Syntax II3.000
ARB321Semantics & Arabic Lexicology3.000
ARB413Arabic Linguistics3.000

Literature Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARB250Abbasid Literature I3.000
ARB343Pre_Islamic & Islamic Literature3.000
ARB444Modern Arabic Literature3.000
ARB450Comparative Literature3.000

Elective Courses for Both Concentrations (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARB230Traditional Literary Criticism3.000
ARB240Arabic Rhetoric II3.000
ARB260Emirati Literature3.000
ARB270Modern Arabic Gulf Literature3.000
ARB301Abbasid Literature II3.000
ARB381Arabic Library / Heritage3.000
ARB416Andalusian & Maghribi Literature3.000
ARB424Late Medieval Literature3.000
ARB436Ex. in Syntax & Morphology3.000
ARB440Research in the Critical & Rhetorical H 3.000


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:39)

Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours


Optional Minor (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.

Minor (2) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARB305Professional Writing3.000
ARB105Creative Writing3.000
ARB205Writing and Technology3.000
ARB405Training Practicum3.000
MSC235Principles of the Writing for Media3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Free Elective (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours