What will I learn?

The Arabic Program in the Department of Modern Languages is the first major/minor program in Arabic language and culture in the state of Kentucky.

Concentrations: Business; International Service; Journalism

  • Arabic is the 5th most spoken language in the world; one of the six official languages of the United Nations; the official language of 24 countries, spoken by over 400 million people.
  • Arabic is a Critical Language as designated by the U.S. Government, and one of the priority languages for recruiting by the Dept. of Defense, National Security Agency, FBI, CIA, and many other agencies.
  • Arabic is one of the fastest growing business languages in the world. Economic growth in the Arabian Gulf area alone is projected to be double the world average.
  • Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam. Therefore, over a billion Muslims in the world have a basic knowledge of Arabic, even if they have a different native language.
  • Arabic has one of the richest and longest cultural traditions.
  • Arabic was the language of science and philosophy long before English came into existence. Arabic has had a great influence on other languages. Urdu and Persian, for example, use the Arabic alphabet and approximately 10% of Spanish words come from Arabic.

Arabic Courses offered at WKU

  • ARBC 101 Elementary Arabic I
  • ARBC 102 Elementary Arabic II
  • ARBC 201 Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARBC 202 Intermediate Arabic II
  • ARBC 301 Advanced Arabic I
  • ARBC 302 Advanced Arabic II
  • ARBC 306 Experiencing Arabic Abroad
  • ARBC 321 Colloquial Arabic
  • ARBC 322 Arabic Translation
  • ARBC 323 Arabic Civilization I
  • ARBC 324 Arabic Civilization II
  • ARBC 389 Internship in Arabic
  • ARBC 435 Arabic Literature
  • ARBC 437 Advanced Media Arabic
  • ARBC 438 Topics in Arabic Media
  • ARBC 455 Topics in Arabic Literature and Culture
  • ARBC 499 Advanced Studies in Arabic

Which department am I in?

Potter College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,687.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

Potter College of Arts and Letters

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11029,

BOWLING GREEN,

Kentucky,

42101, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a secondary school education and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

For international students

Applicants are required to have successful completion of high school with 2.5 GPA

English proficiency requirements (one of the following):

TOEFL IBT – 71; IELTS – 6.0; ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52

We have rolling admission, which means we can admit students to WKU close to the start of each semester; however, we recommend that students apply at least two months before the start of their semester to ensure they have enough time to receive an I-20, student visa, housing, and scholarship information.

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

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