Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

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Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

Why Arabic?

Arabic is the fifth most-spoken language in the world and the most widely used Semitic language today. Arabic Language and culture historically have influenced other cultures around the world and is the official language of the Arab countries in both Asia and Africa. Arabic is the language of the Holy Quran, which transformed it from the oral language of the pre-Islamic era to the written language that is used today. Therefore, it is spoken today by millions of Muslims all over the world. It is also the language used by Arab Christians in the Middle East. The demand for Arabic language is continuing to grow at a fast pace, especially in the U.S., due to the relevance of current political issues in the Middle East and in several other Islamic countries.

Studying Arabic at McDaniel

McDaniel College is proud to offer majors in:

Students may take three semesters of Arabic in order to fulfill the language requirement of the McDaniel Plan. Students who do not wish to obtain a major in Arabic also have an opportunity to obtain a Middle Eastern Studies minor.

Through the Study Abroad Program at McDaniel, several opportunities are available for students to study in Arabic countries in both Asia and northern Africa.

Email Carol Zaru
(410) 871-3110 or ext. 3110.