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Arabic and Middle East Studies

What it's all about

The major in Arabic and Middle East Studies allows students to carry out significant study of the Arabic language and associated cultures. The Middle East is an area of the world that receives intense focus by the United States government, and the strategic importance of the Middle East is strong and ever-increasing. Speakers of Arabic, at all proficiency levels, are in great demand in the Western world. With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is an extreme shortage of workers in the West who are versed in Arabic language and culture. Those who study Arabic are well-prepared for careers in a variety of fields.

Over the past decade, Baylor students have shown an increasing interest in the study of Arabic and Middle Eastern cultures, as evidenced by a large increase in enrollment in Arabic courses. This follows a national trend, as evidenced by a Modern Language Association report that found the study of Arabic to have registered the largest percentage growth among language studies at U.S. colleges and universities in recent years.

You might take classes such as:

  • Elementary Modern Standard Arabic
  • Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
  • Media and Popular Culture in the Arabic-speaking World
  • Arabic Conversation and Composition

Graduates of this major go on to careers in:

  • journalism
  • international business and industry
  • government and foreign service
  • translation and interpreting
  • consulting