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Arabic Language and Cultures


Understanding the Arab world is today of vital importance. Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations and the religious language of one and a half a billion Muslims, as well as millions of Christians and Jews. Political and economic developments in the Arab world and parts of the Middle East, like the internationalisation of businesses and professions around the world, have made understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic an increasingly valuable skill. Arabic is also a language with a rich literary and cultural heritage that deserves to be studied in its own right.

The major in Arabic Language and Cultures equips you to understand the political, social, and cultural importance of the Arab world and its complex regional significance on the global stage. It focuses on the acquisition both of language skills and of cultural competency. You can major in Arabic with or without prior knowledge of the language. To complement your language study, you can choose from a wide range of Arabic literature, culture, art, and film classes.

Our teaching is strongly focused on student participation, communication, and cultural immersion, which will help you develop both communicative Arabic language skills and cultural competency. You will gain the background knowledge necessary to understand the diversity of Arab societies today and over time, and be equipped to conduct cross-regional projects and to interrogate geo-cultural boundaries.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

You can study an Arabic Studies major or minor, starting at the level most suited to your current ability. See our language proficiency levels for more details.

This major is offered by the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Business and government consultant
  • Community development
  • Diplomatic services, international and cultural affairs
  • Language Teacher
  • Language Specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Media and communications
  • Public service positions
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Tourism and cultural officer

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.