Arabic Minor

Overview of Program

Students minoring in Arabic will complete 18 credits in the language, starting at the beginning level or higher. For more information about the credit requirements for this minor, visit the course catalog.

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Why study Arabic?

  • Arabic is the official language of 22 Arab countries &spoken by three million people in the U.S. and in Canada.
  • Arabic is also an important language in many Muslim countries.
  • It is the language of Islam, a religion of more than 600 million people.
  • In 1974, the United Nations adopted the Arabic language as one of its six official languages.
  •  The Middle East is the birthplace and cradle of the three monotheistic religions and the home of some of the world's greatest archaeological and religious sites.
  • The Middle East is also the locus of two thirds of the world’s known oil reserves..

Arabic Courses

  • Beginning Arabic I & II
    •  Designed for non–Arabic-speaking students, this course studies modern standard Arabic and aims to enable students to use and properly pronounce simple Arabic words and to listen, speak, read and write simple sentences. This course also offers a preliminary approach to Arabic grammar.  
  • Intermediate Arabic I & II
    •  A continuation of elementary Arabic. Students will acquire more vocabulary and grammar and engage in more speaking, reading and writing. 
  • Advanced Arabic I & II
    • Advanced grammar, reading, conversation and composition in standard Arabic. This third-year course emphasizes the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in interactive settings. 

Independent studies and readers may be available upon request.

Contact Information


Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant

To learn more about the Arabic program, contact Dr. Yamile Silva.

Dr. Yamile Silva
316 O'Hara Hall

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