Arab Cultural Studies

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Provides a rigorous academic foundation on which to continue advanced study at major colleges and universities specializing in Arabic language, literature, and cultures. The comprehensive curriculum not only offers the opportunity to develop specific skills, as in translation and foreign language, but also cultivates an informed perspective essential to the practice of public diplomacy within local, national, and international contexts. This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Arabic, Arab Americans, and Middle Eastern cultures.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate a capacity to communicate orally and in writing in Arabic.
  • Compare and contrast ethical principles and religious ceremonies within Muslim and Christian traditions.
  • Identify the geographical boundaries and features of the Arab world.
  • Describe the cultural achievements of the Arab world.
  • Identify major historical eras in the Arab world.
  • Evaluate the causes and consequences of political conflicts in the Arab world.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete at least one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Humanities: Degree specific requirements for Humanities are fulfilled within the General Education Communication area and Required Core Courses area.

  3. Science and Mathematics: Degree specific requirements for Science and Mathematics are fulfilled within the General Education Quantitative Literacy area and the Required Support Courses area.

  4. Social Science: Degree specific requirements for Social Science are fulfilled within the General Education Civil Society and Culture group.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 2

Required Support Courses

Complete a minimum of 2 classes from different disciplines from the following science courses, including one laboratory class:
Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geology (GEOL),
Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS)
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Communications Division: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Michael Daher: 313-845-6457,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-243

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 

Some occupations of Bachelors and Graduate-level Arab Culture majors are:

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Translator
  • Researcher
  • Community Organizer
  • Attorney
  • Homeland Security Professional
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Students may wish to transfer out of state to continue their studies of Arab Culture at such academic institutions as:

  • New York University, New York, NY
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT