Why Study Arabic?
- Gain insights into the cultural, religious, and political forces that influence the Arab world.
- Interact better with speakers of Arabic, who can best explain individual experiences, backgrounds, and traditions.
- Feel more confident in your ability to learn a foreign language, which may help you learn more languages, especially other Semitic languages, since many words of Semitic languages are derived from Arabic.
- Join the estimated 300 million speakers of the language. According to Nationalencyklopedin, a reputable Swedish language dictionary, Arabic is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world (preceded by only Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, and Hindi/Urdu).
- Become part of the growing number of college students studying Arabic. From 2002 to 2009, enrollments in Arabic courses increased by 231% from 2002 to 2009 (10,584 in 2002 to 35,083 in 2009) (Modern Language Association of America).
For more information and to learn about oppurtunities the program offers, explore the links under Program Resources.