The Center offers undergraduate and graduate certificates to students currently enrolled in a qualifying degree program at Georgetown University.

The certificates provide an opportunity for the student to study the language, history, and institutions of the Arab world within the framework of his or her discipline. The certificate program’s purpose is to give a regional focus to a liberal or professional education for those individuals who plan careers in or wish to develop lifelong interests related to the area. Successful completion of the Certificate of Arab Studies is notated on the student’s transcript.

Undergraduate Certificate

The Center for Contemporary Arab studies offers a program of studies leading to a Certificate of Arab Studies which undergraduates may complete in conjunction with bachelor’s degree in a regular major. Students in both the School of Foreign Service and College may be considered for the Certificate of Arab Studies.

The student’s overall plan of study at the University is guided and given coherence by the major department advisor and by the Director of the Program in Arab Studies. The student plans their coursework based on their interests and competencies, within the constraints imposed by his or her total program. However, all candidates for the Certificate must include the following elements in their programs:

  • Four semesters of Arabic or successful passage of proficiency exam
  • Six courses (18 credits)
    • ARST 401 – Understanding the Arab World (students are encouraged to take this in the fall semester of their senior year)
    • HIST 161 – Middle East II
    • 4 elective courses (at least one of which must have an ARST prefix)
      • Politics
      • Culture & Society
      • 2 free electives (if Arabic course, must be a 300 or 400-level content course)
  • Research paper/capstone (1 credit) – taken during final semester; 25-30 page research paper

Application Requirements

To apply, students should submit the Undergraduate Certificate Application to acquire approval of a comprehensive curriculum in Arab Studies. This should be done after declaring a major and no later than the start of a student’s junior year.

Click here to apply to the Undergraduate Certificate in Arab Studies.

Graduate Certificate

Master’s and PhD students interested in pursuing an area competence on the modern Arab world in conjunction with their major disciplines may enroll in the Certificate of Arab Studies.

Course requirements (15 credits):

  • Either ARST 500: 20th c Middle East History OR ARST 501: Intro to Study of Arab World
  • 2 Arab Studies electives (any course with an ARST prefix)
  • 2 free electives focused on the Arab world
  • Arabic: Four semesters of Arabic at Georgetown or the equivalent

Application Requirements

A student desiring admission to the graduate Certificate of Arab Studies must first be accepted to a graduate degree program at Georgetown.

Click here to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Arab Studies.

For additional questions concerning CCAS’s Certificate Programs, please contact Ms. Kelli Harris, Assistant Director of Academic Programs.