Arab Crossroads Studies majors are required to take a minimum of 10 courses offered by the program: four required courses (The Emergence of the Modern Middle East, Anthropology and the Arab World, Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature and Society, and Problems and Methods in Arab Crossroads Studies); a minimum of four elective courses; and a two-semester Capstone project. Additionally, Arab Crossroads Studies majors are required to take a minimum of four semesters of college Arabic or their equivalent, or demonstrate proficiency at this level. Only one course may double-count for the major in Arab Crossroad Studies and another major or minor.
Upon completion of the major in Arab Crossroads Studies at NYUAD, students are expected to be able to:
- Identify the cultural, social, economic, political, philosophical, and religious forces that have shaped and continue to shape the intersection of the Arab and Islamic worlds;
- Demonstrate a familiarity with historical and contemporary cultural and philosophical approaches to the study of the Arab world and neighboring regions while being attentive to the multiple transnational connections, circuits, and crossroads that have shaped them;
- Understand the ways in which the field of Arab Crossroads Studies draws upon and contributes to other scholarly disciplines;
- Develop arguments in which they reassess and, where necessary, revise conventional scholarly and popular understandings of the region, while continually questioning and justifying their own methodological assumptions and practices;
- Conduct advanced research, including fieldwork, master the use of primary and secondary sources, library resources and relevant new technologies as appropriate;
- Create strong scholarly arguments drawing on appropriate sources, literature, and evidence;
- Display competence in Modern Standard Arabic or other forms of regional Arabic in reading, writing, and oral comprehension;
- Demonstrate expertise in a particular approach to Arab Crossroads Studies resulting in the production of a senior Capstone project;
- Bring a solid background in knowledge of the Arab world and Arabic to job opportunities in policy making, journalism, diplomacy, consulting, and finance;
- Compete effectively for places at elite doctoral programs in the United States and around the world in Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies, Anthropology, History, Arabic Literature, and Comparative Literature, and with additional course work in the social sciences, in Sociology or Political Science.