What will I learn?

The geopolitical and economic importance of the Middle East to the world necessitates increasing engagement and professional competency in Arabic languages and cultures. The Arabic Language and Culture concentration at NCSU offers a structured path for those students who understand the value, and professional advantage, of obtaining cultural and linguistic proficiency in a critical region of the world.

Students in the Arabic Language & Culture major will acquire skills to effectively communicate in Arabic using both spoken and written forms of the language. Interdisciplinary study will build confidence and enable students to appropriately interact with diverse populations in the Middle East. In addition, students will develop important cultural competency in the Middle East, with many completing study abroad programs in the region.

Career opportunities for graduates with the Arabic Language & Culture degree:

The demand for multilingual personnel extends to all fields of enterprise and is continuing to grow. Many apply the cognitive, reading, and writing skills they acquire to various positions in management, global communications, administration, international business, and government.

Previous graduates who have taken Arabic language courses at NCSU have gone on to careers with extensive ties to the Middle East and/or are based in the region. Arabic has proven a professional advantage for students in myriad fields, including government and military service, business administration and marketing, politics and diplomacy, scientific research, education, journalism, NGO operations, and graduate and professional studies. Many Arabic majors add a second field of concentration, however, double-major training is not an absolute requirement for professional success in many career options.

Study Abroad

Students in the Arabic Language & Culture major are strongly encouraged to study in an approved Arabic language program in the Middle East, either during the summer or regular academic year. Courses taken while abroad generally meet Arabic degree requirements.

Skills You Could Develop

Language proficiency in both written and spoken Arabic
Multilingual communication and functionally useful linguistic fluency in the Arab World
Cultural competency in the Middle East
Confidence to interact appropriately with diverse populations in the Middle East
Critical thinking
Enhanced cognitive, reading and writing skills

Career Titles

Translator and Interpreter
Global Communications
International Business
Public Affairs
Foreign Service
Government and Military Service
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and Non-Profit Organization (NPO)

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,045.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

106 Caldwell Hall,

Campus Box 8101,


North Carolina,

27695, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper Based score of 563; PTE Academic score of 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub score).

For international students

Freshman applicants must submit an official high school transcript (academic record)

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.5 in each sub score)

TOEFL IBT: 85 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub score)

PTE Academic: 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub score)

English Composition I and II from an accredited U.S. College or University: Grade of C or higher

Application Deadlines:

Fall Entry: January 15

Spring Entry: October 1

*We have extended our application deadline to October 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.