For 2011-2012 Bulletin and Subsequent Years
You do not have to be a student of the College of Arts and Sciences to minor in a modern language; you need only the approval of your college or school advisor and to complete the departmental requirements. If you wish to complete a double degree, consult with an Arts and Sciences Advisor.
Students completing a minor in a modern language are encouraged to study abroad. The International Education and Exchange Program (IEEP in Allen Hall, room 212) sponsors programs for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. It is also possible to fulfill some Arts and Sciences distribution requirements abroad. In order to take full advantage of study abroad, students should visit IEEP early in their university careers, discuss course equivalencies with the Study Abroad Advisor for their chosen languages (contact the Department office for names and office hours), and consult with their major advisors. Credit toward the major for courses taken abroad will be determined on an individual basis.
Minors in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
A minor in one modern language consists of a minimum of 12 credits in that language, earned according to the following guidelines: a minimum of 9 credits must be at the 300 and/or 400 level, a minimum of 6 credits must be graded credits taught by UM faculty, a maximum of 3 credits may be transferred from another institution or from a study-abroad program not administered by UM. Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the minor, and maintain a minimum overall average of 2.5 in the minor.
Minor in Modern Languages
The minor in two foreign languages consists of at least 24 graded credit hours with 12 credits in one language on any level and 12 credits in any other language, 6 of which must be on the 300-level or above. For example: Arabic 101, 102, 201 and 202 along with Spanish 202, 203, 301 and 322 would constitute a Minor in Modern Languages; so would French 202, 203, 301 and 332 along with Italian 101, 102, 201 and 202. Many other combinations are possible. This minor must include 6 graded credits per language from the University of Miami. Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the minor, and maintain a minimum overall average of 2.5 in the minor.
Minor in Arabic Studies
A minor in Arabic Studies consists of a minimum of 15 credits, passed with a "C" or higher. Courses must be distributed as follows: 1) At least 3 credits in a 200-level Arabic language course (ARB201 or ARB202 or the equivalent); 2) At least 3 credits in one of the ARB courses numbered 310 to 318 (Arabic Studies courses taught in English translation); 3) At least 3 additional credits in any ARB course beyond ARB 101 (to reach a total of 9 ARB credits); 4) At least 3 credits, outside of ARB courses, in humanities or social science courses focused on the Middle East, North Africa, Islam, or the Arab world. For example: REL171, ARH260, INS352, GEG242, and POL387, or another relevant course as approved by the program director; 5) 3 additional credits from either an ARB course beyond ARB 101 or any approved course focused on the Middle East, North Africa, Islam, or the Arab world.
Up to 9 credits taken abroad in an Arabic-speaking country are eligible to fulfill the requirements for the minor. Up to 6 transfer credits from an accredited university or 4-year college in another region of the world are eligible to fulfill the requirements for the minor. In all cases, whether the credits are from a UM-affiliated study abroad program or transfer credits from any institution, the credits’ UM equivalency, if any, will be determined by the UM Arabic Studies Program Director; ARB 310 must be taken within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UM; and the student must fulfill the distribution of requirements and other criteria stipulated above.
If a student has studied Modern Standard Arabic (fusha) in another setting (e.g., a high school foreign language program or schooling in an Arab country), she/he may request a proficiency evaluation from the Program Director. If the student’s Modern Standard Arabic is equivalent to, or beyond, the Intermediate level, the student may be exempted from the requirement to earn 3 credits in a 200-level Arabic language course; however, the student will still be required to take at least 9 credits of ARB courses and a total of 15 credits, as stipulated above, to complete the minor.