Gulf Studies Program

Program Lead: Dr. Farah Al-Nakib            Program E-mail:

Benefits of a Gulf Studies Certificate Program

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student will be able to:

  • • 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 Program Lead, who is also the Director of the Center for Gulf Studies. Students are asked to contact the Program Lead 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 Program Lead and/or in consultation with their Academic Advisor.