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Arabic Studies

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 Why Learn Arabic?

Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world, besides its being the liturgical language of Islam. With the growing importance of the Arab world in international affairs, there is a great need for workers who know Arabic language and culture. Arabic is a useful language in a variety of fields:

  • business
  • education
  • banking
  • translation and interpretation
  • customs
  • foreign service and intelligence
  • and many others.

Moreover, through the Arabic Studies program students will have a unique opportunity to appreciate the literary and cultural richness and diversity of the Arab world and its significant contributions to world civilization. The Arabic Studies program at UWindsor offers a streamlined course of study in language, literature and culture leading to a Minor in Arabic Studies. The program includes courses from several departments.

The Minor in Arabic Studies is offered in either a language intensive or culture intensive stream.

Each stream requires a minimum of six courses, including 08-110 and 08-111 (Introduction to Arabic I & II). Those with prior language proficiency cannot register for these courses and will have to take 08-210 and 08-211 in their place and complete the culture stream version of the program.

Language stream requirements:

08-210 and 08-211 Intermediate Arabic I & II
and, any two of the following:
08-261 Arabic Culture I: Introduction to Arabic Culture
08-262 Arabic Culture II: Modern Arabic Literature
29-283 Introduction to Francophone Culture of the Maghreb and Middle East (offered in French)
29-358 Francophone Literature of the Maghreb and the Middle East (offered in French)
45-261 Politics, History and Western Religions
45-365 The Politics of the Middle East
45-373 Islam and Politics
53-106 Women and Religion

Culture stream requirements:

any four of the following:

08-261 Arabic Culture I: Introduction to Arabic Culture
08-262 Arabic Culture II: Modern Arabic Literature
29-283 Introduction to Francophone Culture of the Maghreb and Middle East (offered in French)
29-358 Francophone Literature of the Maghreb and the Middle East (offered in French)
45-261 Politics, History and Western Religions
45-365 The Politics of the Middle East
45-373 Islam and Politics
53-106 Women and Religion

Contact information

Dr. Mustapha Hamil, Coordinator of Arabic Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
E-mail: mhamil@uwindsor.ca