Arabic Language and Culture
Arabic is the spoken language of over 280 million people in 22 countries; it is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is the religious language of over one billion Muslims. Arabic, the language of one of the major civilizations in history, was used to produce a wealth of important historical documents which include works in poetry, philosophy, history, science and theology. Presently, Arabic has taken center stage as a language which is critical to know. Unfortunately, the glaring deficit in competent Arabic language speakers in the United States is all too apparent and seriously impedes the United States’ ability to establish positive and informed relationships with the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. By taking Arabic at NC State, you can help change this.
Arabic Language and Culture Major Concentration
NC State offers a major in Foreign Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Arabic Language and Culture. Students in the Arabic Language and Culture major concentration will acquire skills to effectively communicate in Arabic using both spoken and written forms of the language. Interdisciplinary study will build confidence and enable students to appropriately interact with diverse populations in the Middle East. In addition, students will develop important cultural competency in the Middle East, with many completing study abroad programs in the region.
Arabic and the Middle East Studies Minor
Successful completion of FLA 201 satisfies the language requirement for the Middle East Studies Minor at NC State. Arabic courses taken beyond the FLA 201 level will also count towards the minor as electives.
Arabic and the International Studies Major
Successful completion of FLA 301 or FLA 330 satisfies the language requirement for the International Studies Major at NC State.
Intensive Beginning Arabic in Summer Session I
Intensive Beginning Arabic courses are taught at NC State during Summer Session I. For class information do a Class Search for Summer Term I for all FLA courses.
List of Courses
The first and second semesters of Arabic (FLA 101 and 102) will satisfy the NC State University foreign language requirement. The third semester of Arabic (FLA 201) will satisfy the language requirement of the College of Humanities and Social Science, the College of Management, and the First Year College.
- Beginning Arabic I (FLA 101)
- Beginning Arabic II (FLA 102)
- Beginning Arabic Conversation Labs (FLA 103, FLA 104)
- Intermediate Arabic I (FLA 201)
- Intermediate Arabic II (FLA 202)
- Intermediate Arabic Conversation Labs (FLA 203, FLA 204)
- Advanced Intermediate Arabic I (FLA 301)
- Media Arabic (FLA 330)
- Modern Arabic Short Story (FLA 440)
- Senior Seminar (FL 492)
- Special Topics in Arabic for Advanced Students (FL 495)
The Arabic Club is a bi-weekly social gathering of NC State students who are studying or speak Arabic. It provides students with the opportunity to practice their Arabic outside the classroom with peers of varying skill levels. The Arabic Club also gives students the chance to learn more of Middle Eastern customs and traditions and encourages Club members to participate in Middle Eastern cultural events.
NC State students have the opportunity to study intensive Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. Both summer and semester-long programs are available.
For detailed information on this program contact Jodi Khater.