Arabic is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world after Mandarin, Spanish and English. It is the official language of more than 20 countries and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. If you minor in Arabic Studies, you study Arab language, politics, culture, society, literature, film and history. Our language courses emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and content courses are interdisciplinary. Learning Arabic promotes cultural and international understanding and prepares you to be a global citizen.
Does learning Arabic seem daunting? Our supportive learning community is here to help. A wide range of activities will immerse you in the language and culture of the Arab world, making learning easier. You'll form study groups with other students, work with tutors, practice with classmates and learn from faculty who are invested in student success.
Internships and service learning
You can teach language to children at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London and recite Arabic poetry with faculty on the College's Night of International Poetry. The College also organizes visits to New York City museums and cultural destinations, and you'll practice Arabic calligraphy and henna in cultural workshops.
You may wish to join the Yalla Bina Arabic Club, a student-led organization that celebrates the Middle Eastern region and its people and seeks to foster an awareness of the peoples, histories and cultures of the Middle East on campus. Advanced-level Arabic language students have the opportunity to become Language Fellows and plan co-curricular and extracurricular events.