Why learn Arabic?

  • Mastery of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) provides a serious advantage in millions of American jobs in government, business, and industry
  • The US commercial exchanges with Arab countries amount to hundreds of billions of dollars yearly. Oregon grain exports alone, to Egypt, Algeria, and other Arab countries, reach several billions
  • Arabic is the native language of more than 250 million people in 22 countries. There are about three million Arab-Americans and five million Muslim-Americans. Many have strong business and family connections in the Arab region
  • It is also the language of worship on 1 billion Muslims in 55 majority-Muslim countries, and Muslim minorities in dozens of other countries, including all European countries and the US
  • Arabic is a priority language in US cultural and political global strategy
  • Arabic and Islamic calligraphy is a vast and beautiful art the appreciation of which equips US expatriates and travelers with an understanding of a major feature of Arab/Muslim cultures.
  • Arabic literature is a world treasure that influenced many cultures. For example, since The Arabian Nights were translated into French in 1706-09, and shortly thereafter into English, they’ve had a major impact on the most important writers in Europe and the Americas
  • Arabic poetry, classical and modern, entrances speakers of the language with its beauty and power

Courses offered:  First-year Arabic: 111 and 112.  Sample syllabi can be seen at http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/soc/ecatalog/ecourselist.htm?termcode=all...

Study Abroad Opportunity: Oregon State Study Abroad Program, founded in 2004, offers an intensive Arabic program hosted by the University of Tunis (Bourguiba School and ISLT in Tunis). One year’s worth of Arabic language credits in ten weeks, available for various levels. Check with the Arabic instructor (541.737.2146) about next session.

Students who complete first year of Arabic will be able to:

  • Read and write words and basic phrases correctly
  • Compose simple Arabic sentences
  • Express oneself correctly in basic dialogue with native speakers (Greetings and simple exchanges)
  • Understand basic spoken and written sentences
  • Learn about the main features of Arab cultures