Arabic studies

Undergraduate minor

About the minor

Arabic is the native language of more than 300 million speakers in North Africa and West Asia. Arabic is also the primary language for Islamic scholarship from the seventh century to the present and has also been an important written and spoken language for Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Mandeans, and others. University of Oregon students can study this vibrant global language community by minoring in Arabic studies. The Arabic studies program focuses on three years of Arabic language courses. Students learn to speak and to understand spoken Arabic and also intensely study texts in classical Arabic.

A little more info

  • Students can develop their language skills and broaden their horizons by participating in the intensive Arabic summer program in Amman, Jordan.
  • Students can find conversation partners through the UO Arab Student Union.
  • The University of Oregon is the host institution for the Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative, a collective of libraries and scholars who work together to preserve Arabic manuscripts held in private libraries in Yemen.

Career opportunities

Students who graduate with a strong proficiency in spoken and written Arabic are in high demand for many different jobs. Students with interests in fields such as international relations, journalism, education, and public policy can benefit from the course of study offered by the Arabic studies program.

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