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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.

For Arabic degree requirements, click here.

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