Arabic, a language with a rich history and deep cultural roots, stands as one of the world’s most spoken languages. Spoken by over 300 million people in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond, its importance is not just in its numbers but also in its profound influence on other languages and culture. For example, did you know that the English words “coffee”, “alcohol”, “algebra”, and “mattress” all have their origins in Arabic. Learning Arabic provides key insights into Middle Eastern culture and traditions, and is crucial in understanding realms of diplomacy, global business, and international relations. Taking Arabic classes can be a gateway to new career opportunities, cultural insights, and a deeper understanding of world events!

At Carleton we offer:

  • Courses in Arabic language, from elementary to advanced, with potential opportunities to gain a Global Seal of Biliteracy in Arabic
  • Exciting courses in Arabic literature, music, and culture like “The Creation of Classical Arabic Literature”, “Music in the Middle East”, “Colloquial Levantine Arabic”, and “Arabic Literature at War”
  • A minor in Arabic and/or Middle Eastern Studies

Learn more by visiting the websites of the Arabic program and of the Department of Middle Eastern Languages