Bachelor of Arts (B.A.; Mono-Bachelor or single subject); Normal duration of studies: six semesters (180 credit points/LP).
When applying, students should be able to prove English speaking skills equal to five years of instruction (the last of which awarded a grade of "sufficient" or higher). This corresponds to Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The single-subject bachelor degree program History and Culture of the Near East with a focus on Arabic Studies is divided into a core subject (120 credit points or LP) and elective courses (30 LP from course offerings of other relevant degree courses). Additionally, students must complete credits in the mandatory general professional skills courses (30 LP).
After matriculation, advice, and consultation on the individual degree courses, students may choose the courses that fulfill the elective requirements of the program, without previous application. Application for the single-subject bachelor degree program should specify the desired subject-area. The degree program History and Culture of the Near East can also be combined as a minor (30 LP) with other suitable bachelor degrees. For the degree program to be a component in a combination bachelor, a spectial note of authorization is necessary. Within such a combination bachelor, a specific focus on a subject-area such as Arabic Studies is difficult, since it requires specialized language credits.
The bachelor degree program History and Culture of the Near East with a focus on Arabic Studies imparts a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the regions of the Near East, influenced by Islam from antiquity to the present. By participating with other subject areas in the department, such as Iran Studies, Islamic Studies, and Turkic Studies, students become familiar with the interwoven relationships and the reciprocal influences that the respective societies have on each other's cultures, politics, law, religions, and intellectual histories.
Furthermore, the program allows students to gain insight into the complexities of the Near Eastern cultures with special attention given to religious and ethnic minorities and to gendered perspectives. A key part of the program is the cultivation and practice of scientific research methods, including the critical analysis of scientific research findings.
The subject area Arabic Studies concerns itself with the history, literature, as well as written records of the Arabic world. A central focus is placed upon the philological and literary approaches to Arabic religious and secular texts of late antiquity to the present. In the language modules, students with Arabic Studies as the chosen subject area will be able to practice working with Arabic primary text sources and documents.