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Arabic Language

Degrees Offered: Minor

The Arabic Language

Arabic belongs to the Semitic language family. It is also an Afro-Asiatic language as it is used in countries located both in Asia and North Africa. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the native tongue for approximately 250,000,000 speakers. It is the official language of twenty-two countries: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Chad, Eretria, and Comoros. Because Arabic is the language of the Qur’an, it is also learned and used by many speakers in other Middle Eastern and Islamic countries.

Importance of Learning Arabic

For many, Arabic is their parents’ and grandparents’ language. Those like to learn Arabic to maintain their heritage and connection to their language, culture, and background.
For others, Arabic plays a major role in defining and shaping their future. The political and economic situation of the world urges many to learn about the Arab World, its language, literature, and culture. It is well known that a language is the key to knowing and learning about its culture. It has been observed that students graduating with knowledge of Arabic have had better opportunities getting a good job. Arabic is one of the critical languages that is favored by many government agencies, the military, and companies conducting business in the Arab World.

Arabic Placement Exam

If you have studied Arabic either formally or informally, lived in an Arabic-speaking country, or grown up in an Arabic-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any ARB course. For more information, contact Dr. Rania Habib prior to the beginning of the semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.