Arabic Program Minor

The emergence of the Arabic language on a global scale has inspired this program that offers basic, intermediate and advanced courses.
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Why is it important to learn Arabic?

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

  • 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.
  • Curriculum

    For more information, contact the Middle East & Islamic Studies program director Dr. Brad Bowman 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.