Arabic - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

arabic_0.pngArabic is a Semitic language akin to Hebrew, Aramaic, and Amharic, and more distantly related to certain language families of North Africa. Studying Arabic has many benefits. Arabic is a beautiful language with a rich heritage of literature, scholarly work and ancient culture. It was adopted by the United Nations as one of its six official languages in 1974. Students become familiar with many of the cultural patterns, social issues, historical events, artistic traditions, and elements of daily life of the people whose cultures are rooted inArabic. Practical as well as curious about the world, students feel that knowing Arabic will give them a career edge in such fields as diplomacy, intelligence, business, engineering, international development, and academia. Many companies in the United States and abroad are looking for employees who speak more than one language. Even if students don’t use his or her ability to speak Arabic, the cultural awareness gained is a transferable skill that will be highly prized.

Modern Standard Arabic is ideally suited for students of the Social Sciences considering work or research anywhere in the Arab world (including North Africa); students of the humanities such as History, Art, Music, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religion; or students of Applied Sciences and Business who may be considering work or research in an Arabic speaking country.

Interesting Facts: 
Arabic was adopted by the United Nations as one of its six official languages in 1974.
Arabic is the written and spoken language of more than 150 million inhabitants of the Arab world.
Arabic is written in script, not printed. Arabic inscriptions became widely available after the birth of Islam. It is the second most widespread script in the world.

Academics

What you will learn: 

If you’re studying Arabic specifically, it’s mainly a language degree, but courses in Literature, Religion and Middle East History will give students a broad understanding of this historically rich and increasingly important region and its many cultures.

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$112,800
Low Salary: 
$32,800
Median Salary: 
$58,600
Employers: 

Possible Employers

  • Airports
  • Architectural Firms
  • Archives
  • Banks
  • Bookstores
  • Broadcasting Companies
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Communications Firms
  • Consumer Affairs Offices
  • Foreign Service
  • Government Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Human Services Agencies
  • Import/Export Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Justice Department
  • Legal Firms
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • Military Branches
  • Museums
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Professional Associations
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Companies
  • Radio/Television Stations
  • Research Foundations
  • State/LocalGovernments
  • Television / Film Industry
  • Travel Agencies
  • Visitors Bureaus
     
Possible Job Titles: 

Modern Standard Arabic is ideally suited for students of the Social Sciences considering work or research anywhere in the Arab world (including North Africa); students of the humanities such as History, Art, Music, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religion; or students of Applied Sciences and Business who may be considering work or research in an Arabic speaking country.

  • Broadcaster
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Columnist
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Manager
  • Development Program Officer
  • Editor
  • Environmentalist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Import/Export Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Interpreter
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Literary Agent
  • Lobbyist
  • Manager
  • Market Analyst
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Press Representative
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent