Why Choose Arabic Studies?

Arabic is the official language of 22 countries of the Middle East with more than 400 million native speakers. The study of Arabic opens the door to the cultures of the Middle East and the vast Islamic World.

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Our program emphasizes proficiency in both productive (speaking and writing) and receptive (listening and reading) skills. Encouraging faculty members will inspire you to reach these goals as you study the various cultures of Arabs and their contributions to human history and civilization.

You have three options for Arabic Studies:

Individualized Major in Arabic Studies
Minor in Arabic Language & Islamic Studies
Minor in Arabic Culture & Public Health

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What Arabic Studies Did for Me?

“I wanted to send a note to just highlight the experience I had at IUPUI that really made an impact on my life. … my Arabic teacher… went above and beyond just teaching language—she helped me be prepared to study at the American University in Cairo in 2004 in Egypt and really made it possible for me to start the career that I am in now. With her influence, I started on the journey that brought me to what I do now at the Department of Homeland Security. While working at Camp Atterbury, having cultural competency helped me do my work in service of our Afghan guests, many of whom are Muslim. I wanted to be sure to shine a light on the importance of the knowledge I learned during my undergrad at IUPUI”.

— Beth Windisch, B.A. Political Science with Arabic Studies minor (2005) Regional Prevention Coordinator, Chicago, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Prevention Programs & Partnerships

A Growing Market

By learning Arabic, you will acquire core communicative skills and a cultural understanding that prepares you for a successful and interesting career after graduation. Speaking Arabic has become important for a career in Politics, Religious Studies, Art, History, Business, Security, Foreign Service, Translation, Interpretation, Public Health, Travel and Hospitality, and Philanthropy.

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Contact the Director of the Program in Arabic, Dr. Amira Mashhour.