The demand for Arabic speakers in Western countries has never been higher. In addition to being the official language of over 20 countries with more than 300 million native speakers, Arabic is the gateway to centuries of knowledge, a history rich in the exchange of traditions and ideas. It is the language of Islam, the world’s second-largest and fastest growing religion. It is the social and cultural glue to one of the most dynamic, tumultuous, and interesting regions on earth in the Middle East and North Africa.
Students engaged in the study of Arabic at Mason sit at the doorstep of unparalleled professional opportunities. In addition to being a language of strategic critical importance for American interests overseas, Arabic is increasingly valuable in the fields of economic and cultural entrepreneurialism, global health-care services, finance, and intelligence. Students may go on to pursue graduate work across a range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, from international studies and foreign policy, to literature, history, and the arts.
Arabic is currently a Minor at Mason, but is poised to become a Major in the coming years. Students may benefit from the University’s rich tradition of overseas study, integrated global-technology classrooms, and directed research opportunities in the D.C. area.