Arabic is the main form of expression of 200 million people. It is spoken in 22 countries, including Palestine, and was adopted by the United Nations as one of its six official languages in 1974. Arabic is also the language of the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam, and plays a significant role in the spiritual lives of many Muslims from across the world.
Through the study of Arabic language and culture, students gain valuable insights into the diverse cultures of the Arab world and an appreciation of some of the world's greatest and oldest civilizations.
Proficiency in Arabic language complements students' interests in Middle Eastern, Religious, and Area Studies. Familiarity with the language can also lead to exciting careers in a number of fields, including International Business and Finance, Art and Archeology, Journalism, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, and more.
The Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages offers a four-semester sequence of Arabic language. Language courses are designed to develop students' ability to communicate orally and in writing in Modern Standard Arabic.
Arabic 111: Elementary I
Arabic 112: Elementary II
Arabic 113: Intermediate I
Arabic 114: Intermediate II
The Department also offers two culture courses taught in English. These courses introduce students to the diverse cultures of the Arabic-speaking world by surveying institutions and social customs through a variety of mediums, including film and literature.
Arabic 121: Traditional Arabic Literatures, Cultures, and Civilizations
Arabic 122: Modern Arabic Culture
Arabic 298: Special Topic. Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change of content, may be repeated for credits.
Arabic 299: Independent Study. Open only with consent of Instructor. With a change of content, may be repeated for credits.
Students interested in pursuing the study of Arabic language and culture should contact the main office of Literatures, Cultures & Languages or send an e-mail to:
Patricia Parlette: Patricia.Parlette@uconn.edu