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BA in Arab World Studies

Shorelight - American University, United States
BA in Arab World Studies
Next enrollment cycle July 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 8,182,995
Course Accredited By MSCHE
4 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree Up to 30% scholarship

Offered by the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, the Arab World Studies (BA) is an interdisciplinary major that offers students the opportunity to learn about Arab societies from multiple perspectives.

  • The strength of the program is its holistic approach to studying the Arab Middle East, which is analyzed through its politics, economy, gender relations, literature, geography, religion, and its place in a globalizing world.

Enrollment Cycles

  • July 2024
  • December 2024
  • March 2025

Entry Requirements

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B-/8

Bachelor's Degree

  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • SE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Uganda

  • Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level)
  • Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B5 and C's (2)
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Bachelor's degree, including Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery; Postgraduate and professional diploma or certificate
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate
IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

United Kingdom

  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Bachelor's degree; Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 College Preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C or 4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C or 4
  • 5 College Preparatory subjects must be passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms C or 4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Admission to the Program

  • Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in two courses related to the major.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 2)
  • Completion of all requirements for a major (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 9)

AU Core Requirements

  • Completion of AU Core foundation requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.2-8.6)
  • Completion of AU Core Habits of Mind requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.7)
  • Completion of AU Core integrative course requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.8-8.11)
  • For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 36 credit hours with grades of C or better, including a minimum of 18 credit hours at or above 300-level
  • Demonstrate Arabic language proficiency through completion of two years of college-level study (ARAB-203 Arabic Intermediate II (5)) or equivalent as certified by the Department of World
  • Languages and Cultures

Course Requirements

  • Foundation (9 credit hours)
  • 100-Level Selective

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, with no more than 3 credit hours in any one department or program:

  • ANTH-110 Culture and Power FA3 (3)
  • AWST-115 Introduction to the Arab World FA3 (3)
  • RELG-105 The Religious Heritage of the West FA2 (3)
  • SISU-105 Introduction to International Studies FA3 (3)
  • 200-Level Selective

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

  • AWST-225 Arab Societies FA3 (3)
  • AWST-240 Original Gods: Ethics and Religion in the Ancient Near East (3)
  • HIST-247 Muslim Empires 1300-1920 (3)
  • HIST-248 Introduction to Modern Middle East (3)
  • SISU-215 Contemporary Middle East (3)
  • Concentration (15 credit hours)

Complete 15 credit hours with one course from each of the following categories, if not taken to fulfill Foundation, or other courses approved by program director:

Theory and Methodology

Note: Other courses may be approved by the program director for students with an additional major.

  • CRGC-360 Knowledge and Power: Critical Interdisciplinary Theory and Method (3)
  • SOCY-453 Intersectionality: Theory and Practice (3)
  • WGSS-400 Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theory (3)

Culture and Humanities

  • ARAB-425 Introduction to Arabic-Islamic Civilization (3)
  • ARAB-426 Arabic Topics (3) (approved topic)
  • AWST-350 Topics in Arab World Studies (3) (approved topic)
  • AWST-360 Middle East Sectarianism (3)
  • AWST-415 Islam in America (3)
  • PERF-441 Advanced Studies in Music History and Ethnomusicology (3) (approved topic)

History and Politics

  • AWST-225 Arab Societies FA3 (3)
  • AWST-240 Original Gods: Ethics and Religion in the Ancient Near East (3)
  • HIST-247 Muslim Empires 1300-1920 (3)
  • HIST-248 Introduction to Modern Middle East (3)
  • HIST-349 Modern Iran (3)
  • HIST-385 Topics in African History (3) (approved topic)
  • SISU-215 Contemporary Middle East (3)
  • SISU-218 The World of Islam (3)
  • SISU-319 Arab-Israeli Relations (3)

Gender and Identity

  • CRGC-350 Topics in Critical, Race, Gender, and Culture Studies (3) (approved topic)
  • GOVT-487 Gender and Politics in the Middle East (3)
  • SOCY-352 Gender Relations and Social Change (3)
  • WGSS-225 Gender, Politics, and Power FA4 (3)
  • WGSS-350 Interpreting Gender in Culture (3) (approved topic)
  • WGSS-400 Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theory (3)

Economy and Media

  • AWST-310 Media On and Of the Arab World (3)
  • IBUS-461 Alternative Finance: Islamic Finance in the Global Economy (3)
  • IBUS-462 Alternative Finance: Islamic Capital Markets and Sukuk (3)
  • Electives (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Foundation or Concentration, or other courses approved by program director:

  • AWST-296 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • AWST-310 Media On and Of the Arab World (3)
  • AWST-350 Topics in Arab World Studies (3)
  • AWST-360 Middle East Sectarianism (3)
  • AWST-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (approved topic)
  • AWST-415 Islam in America (3)
  • AWST-491 Internship in Arab World Studies (1-6)
  • AWST-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (approved topic)
  • RELG-470 Islam (3)
  • Capstone (3 credit hours)
  • CRGC-460 Capstone Research Seminar (3)

Arabic Language Requirement

  • Students must demonstrate Arabic language proficiency at the intermediate level (ARAB-203).
  • Students with previous experience with the language may test out of one or more of the following courses (evaluation conducted in collaboration with the Arabic language program).
  • ARAB-102 Arabic Elementary I (5)
  • ARAB-103 Arabic Elementary II (5)
  • ARAB-202 Arabic Intermediate I (5)
  • ARAB-203 Arabic Intermediate II (5)

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