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Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics / Programs / Arabic

Arabic Division


The Arab World consists of 21 countries and spans two continents, Asia and Africa. 



The Arab World consists of 21 countries and spans over two continents, Asia and Africa. Its land stretches 5000 miles, nearly twice the distance between New York and San Francisco. The Arab World covers an area of 5.25 million square miles. The Arab homeland is a rich composite of many diverse cultural influences. Various ethnic, linguistic and religious groups inhabit the region. These groups have different legislation, customs and traditions. Despite these differences, the Arab World remains strongly linked through the ties of language and culture. 


Why Study Arabic?


 1. Arabic is the official language of 21 countries with over 300 million speakers.

 2. There is high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world.

 3. There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.

 4. Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade. With a GDP of over 600 billion     dollars annually, the region also has much to offer the world market.

 5. There are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world.


Job Opportunities


Employees with Arabic skills are sought after in many career fields, including:

- Diplomacy

- Intelligence

- Law Enforcement

- Academia

- Technology

- Law

- Health Care

- Non Government Organizations

- International Development


Conversation Tables


Fridays 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Goldstein Library

Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Strozier Library


Arabic Courses 


ARA 1120  MTWR 11:15-12:05 SAN 209

ARA 1121  MTWR 10:10-11 DIF 116

               MTWR 9:05-9:55 DIF 129

ARA 2240  TR 11-12:15 DIF 214

ARA 3222  MTW 10:10-11 WMS 204

IFS 3009   TR 5:15-6:30 & T 6:40-8:40 DIF 216


Faculty and Assistants


Dr. Zeina Schlenoff                     Teaching Professor, Advisor and Coordinator         
Ms. Reema Barakat Assistant Lecturer
Dr. Defne Bilir Instructor
Ms. Sanuora Alkhofash                Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant