Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the major in Arab Crossroads Studies at NYUAD, students are expected to be able to:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Understand the ways in which the field of Arab Crossroads Studies draws upon and contributes to other scholarly disciplines;
  4. 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;
  5. Conduct advanced research, including fieldwork, and master the use of primary and secondary sources, library resources and relevant new technologies as appropriate; and
    Display competence in Modern Standard Arabic or other forms of regional Arabic in reading, writing, and oral comprehension.

In addition, students whose only or primary major is Arab Crossroads Studies are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate expertise in a particular approach to Arab Crossroads Studies resulting in the production of a senior Capstone project; and
  2. 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 coursework in the social sciences, in Sociology or Political Science.