About Arabic Studies
The Arabic language is the key to understanding the culture and history of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula. Arabic is also the liturgical language of more than a billion Muslims, and it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
The Arabic track of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major enables students to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the many facets of the Arab world: its society, culture, history, arts, religions and literary heritage. The major gives students a foundation in the Arabic language, including speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It prepares students for graduate school and is ideal for students considering careers in government and diplomacy, academia, business, and international development. Many students choose to double major in the Arabic track of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major and another subject in social sciences, humanities, business, or journalism.