Learn Modern Standard Arabic, spoken dialect, and culture by participating in this student-centered program. You will hone your critical thinking and writing skills to be a competitive candidate for the job market and graduate school.
ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE GROUPS
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
AVERAGE UPPER-LEVEL CLASS SIZE
Total Credit Hours: 120
Major Courses (36 hours)
Elective Courses (39 hours)
General Education (45 hours)
Is it possible to double major?
Yes, our current students often double major with Arabic and another field of study successfully. Academic advisors are available to help you plan your course of study.
What You'll Study
Our program includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced level language classes. You will also complete courses in culture, literature, and cinema of the Arab world as you learn one of the official United Nations languages. You’ll take 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways.
Our program includes exciting language and culture classes, such as:
- Arabic for Oral Proficiency
- Media Arabic
- Arab Culture and Civilization
- Topics in Arab Cinema
- Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
- Research in Arab Culture
What is a Degree in Arabic?
Arabic is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It is the official language in 22 Arab countries and the language of faith for over one billion people. A degree in Arabic includes language courses to hone your reading, writing, and speaking skills. The program also offers courses in literature, cinema, and culture to enhance your cultural competency. Developing strong linguistic skills, critical thinking, and cultural knowledge will make graduates more competitive in the job market.
Why Learn Arabic Here?
You will work with award-winning faculty members, connect with conversation partners and peer-tutors, and engage with various Middle East related student organizations. Activities such as scholarly lectures, musical performances, Arabic Film Night, Arabic Coffee Hour, and other cultural events are available regularly. Virginia Tech’s proximity to Washington D.C. makes access to internships in the Federal Government, Intelligence Community, and Non-Governmental Organizations common among our students.
Beyond the Classroom
As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to work with award-winning faculty members with research and teaching interests in literature and cultural studies, linguistics, education, political science, and anthropology. Recent student research projects focused on graffiti in the Arab world, women and war, cinema, and international policy.
Come spend your summer in the historical city of Nizwa! Study Arabic at Nizwa University, visit many regions in Oman, and explore the beautiful coastal city of Muscat.
This 5 week program allows you to deepen your understanding of Arabic culture, practice your written and oral communication, and participate in a once in a lifetime learning experience!
Arabic Tutoring & Conversation Partners
Access our free peer-tutoring service, as well as a conversation partner program, that allows you to converse with native speakers from all over the Arab world.
The best way to practice your Arabic is to talk with native speakers. Since Arabic is a critical language of strategic importance, there are increasing opportunities for funding that will allow you to study Arabic in an immersive environment in the Middle East.
Our students have won prestigious scholarships, including the Fulbright, Gilman, Critical Language Scholarship, and the Boren Scholarship.
Careers and Further Study
What do I do with an Arabic major?
Fluency in the Arabic language and a strong understanding of the culture will allow students to pursue careers or higher education in fields like these:
- Foreign Service
- Teaching and Research
- Public Relations
- Cultural Programming and Outreach
- International Business
- International Development