Arabic Studies

Through the Arabic Studies program, you will develop the ability to speak, understand, read and write the Arabic language and will be encouraged to foster an appreciation of Islamic literature and civilization.

Expand your knowledge of the Middle East and of the culture of more than one billion Arabs across the globe. Learn the Arabic language, Arab culture, and religious and political forces.

The Arabic language is one of the United Nations' six official languages, and the U.S. Government considers it one of the most critical languages for Americans to learn. Chicago has one of the nation's largest Arab-American populations in the U.S., giving you opportunities to visit its communities and gain first-hand knowledge about the Arab culture and language.


Sample Courses:

  • Cultures of the Middle East
  • Media in the Arab World
  • Middle East Politics
  • Islam in Global Contexts
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Arab Culture
  • Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Major Requirements Schedule of Classes Department Website

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Public policy
  • International business
  • Translation services
  • Immigration work
  • Social services
  • Law
  • Human rights


94 percent of 2016 Arabic Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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