Absorb yourself in the language and cultures of a dynamic region with major strategic and economic importance. Arabic is a Semitic language spoken by over 330 million people around the world. The language of Islam, Arabic has many different dialects, but in this program, you will study Modern Standard Arabic–the form used in business and the media–increasing your career options after graduation.
You will learn the basics of Modern Standard Arabic, the diversity of Arab cultures and issues related to identity, predominant ideological discourses and major contemporary debates in Arab societies.
All our instructors are native Arabic speakers from diverse regions within the Arab region, and are actively writing and publishing. Professor Carmela Shihadi is the author of a manual for Arabic language beginners and professor El Khachab is a widely published scholar of Arab cultures whose work is available in Arabic, French and English.
You also can share what you have learned at York’s annual Arab Culture Day, a landmark event where students in the program showcase their skills in Arab dance, music, fashion, cuisine and more.
Contact Walid El Khachab at email@example.com for help with academic and administrative questions.