Arabic Program

Arabic script on a wall

Why is it important to learn Arabic?

  • Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world; the native language of 22 countries with over 300 million people.
  • Arabic is one of only six official languages used in the United Nations.
  • Career opportunities: Arabic is one of the most urgently needed languages for business and the U.S. government.
  • Arabic is designated by the U.S. government as a “critical language” for recruiting and hiring.
  • Arabic courses are a core requirement for the minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Louisville.

Courses offered:

  • ARAB121  Basic Arabic I
  • ARAB122  Basic Arabic II
  • ARAB123  Basic Arabic III
  • ARAB201  Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARAB202  Intermediate Arabic II
  • ARAB321 Arabic Conversation
  • ARAB322 Advanced Writing Techniques
  • ARAB323 Understanding Journalism

Studying a foreign language can open doors in your professional career by adding an international component to your journey to become a global citizen.

For more information, contact the Middle East & Islamic Studies program director Dr. Julie Peteet at or (502) 852-6964.

Prof. Almousily instructing a class of students

ABOVE: Khaldoun Almousily, our Arabic program coordinator and instructor of Arabic, with help from his students, conducted a training on Arabic language and culture to Indiana courts system staff. This training is offered educators and community leaders who work with Arab students and refugees. This training focuses on many aspects of the Arabic language and culture, discusses the impact of stereotypes, and intends to clear some of the misconceptions people have from movies about Arabs and Islam. The goal is to spread peace and love among all cultures and build mutual respect and understanding.