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Explore the study of Arabic by learning how to speak, understand, read and write in the Arabic language. Immerse yourself into the culture by reading and discussing modern text, having conversations, working on composition and grammar.

Reasons to Study Arabic

  1. Global Language
    Arabic is a global language that is spoken natively in 22 countries. These countries make up the Arab World. You cannot find any 22 countries in the world that speak the same native language and share the same history. Most of them also share the same religion.
  2. Increasing Job Opportunities
    Speaking Arabic will increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a transfer overseas or attending foreign business trips. There are many incentives and job opportunities for those who speak it in a variety of fields such as journalism, trade, translation, international law, industry, education and finance.
  3. Studying Abroad & Scholarships
    Students pursuing Arabic are able to secure study abroad scholarships and other professional development opportunities. If you plan to study at one of the Middle East universities, colleges or schools, you'll need a thorough knowledge of the local language. Attaining proficiency in Arabic makes you a stronger candidate for graduate school in disciplines such as Middle East Studies, Religious Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Literature and Cultural Studies. Studying arABIC enables you to read texts in their original language and to conduct fieldwork in Arabic, adding value to your scholarship.
  4. Religion
    Learning Arabic will help you better understand Islam. Arabic is a tool that will help you learn about the Quran and Muslim culture. 
  5. Culture 
    Learning the Arabic language will help you to communicate and give you a better understanding of culture and ways of thinking. The traditional hospitality of the Arabs becomes even more cordial when a guest shows a willingness to communicate in the language.

Class Format and Courses

COD offers Arabic courses in a traditional format where classes meet weekly and students have the opportunity to interact with their instructor and their peers. Students will take the following courses:

  • Arabic 1100 – Arabic Civilization and Culture - 3 credit hours (taught in English)
  • Arabic 1101 – Elementary Arabic I – 4 credit hours
  • Arabic 1102 – Elementary Arabic II – 4 credit hours
  • Arabic 2201 – Intermediate Arabic I – 4 credit hours
  • Arabic 2202 – Intermediate Arabic II – 4 credit hours 

Contact Information

Liberal Arts Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2047