Gulf Studies Certificate Program

Program Lead: Dr. Shareefa Al-Adwani


  1. Exposure to Gulf society, culture, and lifestyle
  2. Opportunity to begin/expand Arabic language study
  3. Enhanced understanding of Arab traditions, history, and culture
  4. 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 four courses (12 credit hours) from the courses recommended by the director of the Center for Gulf Studies. Students are asked to contact the director for current course listings.

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 in the requirements is needed to successfully complete the Gulf Studies Certificate Program. 
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 101 or ARAB 201 (Arabic as a Second Language I or II) is recommended. For students with a background in Arabic, ARAB 215 (Arabic Composition I) or ARAB 205 (Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization) is recommended.

It is recommended that students choose courses applicable to the Gulf Studies Certificate 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 and/or their academic advisor.