The Arabic minor focuses on the Arabic language, literature, and culture. Students gain knowledge of the Arabic culture and literature necessary for authentic communication in the language in all sorts of contexts. The program’s aim is to teach Arabic as a language and its representative cultures. This is done through courses based on language, culture, and literature that analyze elements such as folklore, media, poetry, essay, music, film, the arts, etc.  One distinguishing factor of this minor is its focus on presenting the Arab world outside of the political turmoil and stereotyping associated with it, privileging instead how Arab voices interpret their own civilizations through fields in the humanities.