Why Study Arabic
Arabic is an official language of the United Nations and has been designated as a critical language of strategic importance.
Arabic civilizations have made significant contributions in areas including medicine, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, music, philosophy, poetry, and astronomy. Learning Arabic will introduce you to this rich civilization. It enables you to read texts in their original language and conduct fieldwork in Arabic, adding value to your scholarship.
Having a knowledge of Arabic makes you more marketable in fields including journalism, translation, petroleum engineering, international law, foreign service, teaching and research, international business and banking, consultancy, and international development.
At Virginia Tech, you will study the Arabic language, composition, literature, and culture. Courses include Arabic Culture and Civilization and Modern Arabic Literature in Translation.