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Program Lead: Dr. Marjorie Kelly
E-mail: gulfcenter@auk.edu.kw

Benefits of a Gulf Studies Certificate Program
The Division of Social Sciences oversees Bachelor of Arts programs with Majors in the following academic disciplines:

  • Exposure to Gulf society, culture, and lifestyle.
  • Opportunity to begin/expand Arabic language study.
  • Enhanced understanding of Arab traditions, history, and culture.
  • Preparation for careers in a variety of fields.

The Gulf Studies Certificate Program is designed for visiting students or non-degree-seeking students who wish to spend a semester at AUK focusing on regional history, politics, society, culture, and the arts. Students are required to take a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the courses recommended by the Director of the Gulf Studies Program. These courses are listed in the Gulf Studies Center brochure, and the list is available at the Gulf Studies Center Office. Students are asked to see the Gulf Studies Program Coordinator Dr. Marjorie Kelly for current course listings.

All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Not all courses may be available every semester. As new courses are developed, more choices will become available for certificate electives. For students with no background in Arabic, ARAB 102 or ARAB 201 (Arabic as a Second Language I or II) is recommended. For students with a background in Arabic, ARAB 215 "Arab Composition I" or ARAB 205 "Arab-Islamic Civilization" is recommended.

It is recommended that students choose courses applicable to the Gulf Studies Program in both the humanities (including the following prefixes: ARAB, ART, COMM, ENGL, and MUSC) and in the social sciences (including the following prefixes: HIST, IR, PLSC, and SBSA) in consultation with the Director of the Gulf Studies Program and/or in consultation with their Academic Advisor.



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