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Arabic Language

An official language of the United Nations, an estimated 300 million people are native speakers Arabic. Moreover, because it the language of the Quran, approximately one billion Muslims around the world use Arabic in some religious capacity. In other words, Arabic performs two functions: communicative and religious. Many Americans today are interested in learning Arabic, as it opens up opportunities for work in 22 countries (the members of the Arab League). But, most importantly, young Americans learn Arabic (among other languages) because language is the key to any cultural exchange and understanding. Lastly, Arabic is a language of a civilization. Historically speaking, Arabic is one of a few languages that spread as a medium of intellectual thought, as well as a lingua franca.

Please go to the Course Descriptions page for a list of courses, course descriptions and prerequisites, and go to Schedule of Courses for course scheduling information for each semester, including class times and locations.

For Arabic degree requirements, click here.

For further information about Arabic Studies at MSU, please contact Profs. Brahim Chakrani or Camelia Suleiman.

Arabic Flagship Program

 Our Arabic Flagship Program is a unique language-learning opportunity for undergraduate students interested in developing superior proficiency in Arabic. Students major in a subject of their choice while completing specialized coursework in Arabic language and culture throughout their undergraduate college experience. Graduates of this program participate in extended overseas studies and internships, and have strong enough Arabic skills to function professionally--using Arabic--in their field of study.

Click here for a guide to outside funding opportunities.

Click here for a list of Arabic study abroad programs.