B.A. in Arabic
Become a global professional with superior Arabic language skills.
By studying Arabic at the University of Mississippi, you'll learn the language, linguistics, literature, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. Gain the cultural awareness and intellectual strategies necessary to navigate the interconnected and multicultural world in which we live.
Arabic is spoken by 422 million people, and is the fifth most spoken language in the world. Arabic majors attain strong language competence in listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing skills as well as the cultural knowledge necessary for interacting with Arabic-speaking people in professional or informal contexts. The recently approved federally funded Arabic Flagship Program will support students abroad and provide more faculty and tutors for additional support on campus.
A liberal arts education empowers and prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. People who fluently speak a foreign language have better job opportunities. Careers related to Arabic include education, international business & banking, tourism, journalism, law, translation, foreign service, cultural affairs, military service, and health care.
Arabic majors have a wide variety of outside-the-classroom opportunities for language learning, including a living learning community, the Language Resource Center, and Rebel Charge, a simulated, real-world scenario. The Arabic study abroad program is held both at the Malic Center in Amman, Jordan and at the AALIM in Meknas, Morocco.
B.A. in Arabic Faculty
The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi has five faculty and instructors of Arabic. The newly approved federal Arabic Flagship Program will increase the number of faculty.
A major in Arabic for the B.A. degree consists of 30 semester hours of Arabic courses beyond the 200-level credits. Students must complete a minimum of 9 of the 30 upper-division credits on the University of Mississippi campus at Oxford, Tupelo, or Southaven. A maximum of 15 of the 30 upper-division credits for the major may be taken through an approved study abroad program.
Applicants must complete the Special Programs and Scholarship Application online by the priority deadline of March 1 for full consideration.
Corey (2016) received a prestigious Boren Scholarship from the US State Department to study abroad in Amman, Jordan. He helped execute Rebel Charge for ROTC, Arabic, and journalism students to use Arabic in a simulation under high-stress conditions. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army, Corey has served as a platoon leader and an installation response force commander. He is currently an operations officer and a graduate student in geographic information systems at Pennsylvania State University, and plans a career in the security/defense industry.
Why study Arabic at UM?
"No matter your goal, UM provides the opportunity to pair your language goals with your professional goals. The faculty are experts in different Arabic dialects, culture, applications, and the science of learning. They focus on practical application and the student as an individual."
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