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The Department of World Languages and Cultures supports the growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa with an expanded program for the Arabic language. Courses range from the Elementary to the upper-advanced levels. The mission of the Arabic Faculty is to help students attain proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the Arabic language. Arabic communication between instructor and students is a regular feature of our classes. Since language reflects culture, in addition to proficiency in the four language skills, we aim at helping the students acquiring a higher degree of cultural proficiency. This is done at all levels through activities that introduce the students to culturally authentic contexts and make use of various multimedia resources. While the focus in our courses is on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), we also offer Levantine colloquial Arabic courses. The upper-advanced level topics courses introduce the students to key themes, texts, institutions, and figures of the modern Arab world and pre-modern Arabic-Islamic civilization. 


Connect With Arabic Faculty

Arabic Faculty Directory


Undergraduate Degrees and Programs

BA Arabic Studies

BS Business, Language & Culture Studies

Minor Arabic Language


On Campus Resources for Arabic Students

Center for Language Learning
FREE Arabic Coaching @ CLL

Arabic Course Offerings for Fall 2015

  • ARAB-102 Elementary Arabic I
  • ARAB-202 Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARAB-302 Advanced Arabic I
  • ARAB-304 Levantine Colloquial Arabic I
  • ARAB-426-001 Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature
  • ARAB-426-002 Media Arabic

For More Information

Prof. Erez Naaman
McCabe Hall, Room 207 

General Program Info
Prof. George Berg
McCabe Hall, 218

Major in Arabic Studies
Ryan Cassidy
McCabe Hall Room 212

Minor in Arabic Language
Ryan Cassidy
McCabe Hall Room 212

AU Abroad Arabic / Middle East Programs
Kelly Jo Bahry

American University Arabic Club

See also:
AU Arab Studies

Program Video

Students discuss what it is like to be part of the AU Arabic Language Program.

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