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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arabic Program at USC

Did you know that Arabic is the native language of more than 300 million people in the Arab world, a region that spans Northwest Africa to Southwest Asia? It is the fifth most spoken language in the world and one of the five official languages of the U.N. Its study is essential for learning about the cultural, economic, political, and religious contexts of the Middle East and further afield, and makes a great foundation for many future careers.

Through our classes in Arabic language and on Arab culture, you will gain valuable language skills and cultural knowledge that you can use towards your major and well beyond the classroom in a wide range of next steps and careers, including those in government (civilian and military), business and finance (international and domestic), law, nonprofit/NGO, education, medical school and the health sector, graduate school and the academy, and many more. 

Enroll in classes today, and join a community of more than 422 million native and non-native Arabic speakers worldwide!

يليلا نتكلم عربي!


Language Requirement
Successful completion of ARAB 121 and ARAB 122 satisfies the foreign language requirement of all colleges at UofSC.

Placement Exam Dates in 2021 - to be announced

In addition to being the language of the Quran, Arabic permeates much of the vocabulary of science, math, and philosophy because of the historic contributions of Arabic speakers to the arts and sciences. As America’s attention turns to al-Jazeera satellite news agency, we realize that the Arabic language is the medium by which millions critically think about political, social, and economic affairs that are of pertinence to world affairs today as well as their own daily lives.

University of South Carolina’s Arabic program’s interest in the region’s culture, literature, language, cinema, music, and food reflects its proficiency-based approach to introducing the language. That is, while acknowledging the historic contributions of the language to the world, we teach First to Third Year Arabic as a living and vibrant language by using the textbook al-Kitabalong with introducing elements of popular culture. Therefore, students will not only be able to talk about politics and culture but also about T.V, movies, friendship and delicious food!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.