World Languages and Cultures
Our language programs integrate language and culture at all levels. While practical use of Arabic is essential, language learning in the liberal arts tradition also means deep reflection on the interdependence of language and culture.
Arabic Minor At A Glance
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Why study languages at Allegheny?
Put your language skills to work.
Because, as an Arabic minor, you'll have a major in another discipline, you'll have a head start at putting your language skill to work in your chosen field.
Get more "talk time."
Allegheny's small classes mean you have more time to practice the language in class.
You'll get to know other language students and be part of a community of students who love language in and out of the classroom.
A 4-year Journey into Language and Culture
An Arabic minor will engage you with Arabic-speaking cultures from day one and will keep improving your language skills until graduation and beyond. Plan ahead for all the opportunities before you!
Get the basics in language and culture. You can start from the very beginning if Arabic is new to you, or if you've studied Arabic before, we'll make sure you start in the right class to make the most of what you already know, while still building a solid foundation for the coming years.
In your second year, you'll continue to make your way through intermediate courses. This is a great time to reach out into the Arabic-speaking community on campus, if you haven't already — maybe try getting together with other Arabic students, or apply to live in the MENA house in the Max Kade Wing, where you'll have a native speaker of Arabic for a roommate! And don't forget to declare your Arabic minor before the end of the year!
Many language minors want to study abroad, and your third year is a great time to do that. Be sure to talk with your major advisor early so that you can fit a semester abroad into your plans, and talk with the International Education Office and your Arabic faculty to choose the right abroad experience for you!
By your fourth year, you've hopefully had an unforgettable time abroad, and you're moving toward advanced skills in Arabic and a deep understanding of Arabic-speaking culture. Even though it's might not be required, maybe these skills and experiences can enrich your Senior Project in your major! As you finish up your last language courses, now is also a great time to develop habits for lifetime learning by asking faculty for help finding opportunities to engage with Arabic on your own.
Arabic Minor Learning Outcomes
"What will I be able to do in Arabic if I minor in it?"
You'll be able to understand and participate in a wide range of conversations and spoken situations.
You'll be able to talk about your activities, preferences, feelings, knowledge, and opinions — and ask others about theirs.
You'll be able to read, interpret, and talk about a variety of types of texts
You'll know about the institutions, politics, geography, and history, customs, and other aspects of culture in places where Arabic is spoken.
You'll learn to use your language and cultural knowledge to communicate better, so you continue to learn throughout your life.
Grant Marthinsen, Alumnus
Class of 2020, International Studies Major/Religious Studies Minor; Arab Studies master’s program, Georgetown University
“ I enrolled in [Beginning Arabic] during my first semester as a Gator and quickly fell in love with the language, thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm and excellence of the Arabic instructors. … If not for the Allegheny Arabic program, then I would not be where I am today. ”