The Arabic studies program combines language classes with courses about identity, cultural diversity and Arabic literature. The program provides an integrated approach to education with real-world applications based on national standards. Our linguistically and culturally competent graduates are engaged in solving nationally and internationally pressing issues through their ability to work and interact effectively with Arabic-speaking people in the Arab World and beyond.

We offer

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Small Classes

Benefit from individual attention from nationally and internationally renowned faculty

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Hybrid Curriculum

Hybrid courses that give students more flexibility in their schedule and materials designed specifically for their level and interests

Study Abroad

Experience linguistic and cultural immersion in Jordan and Morocco

Degree Areas


This program is designed to develop both the linguistic and intercultural skills of students to an advanced level of language competency. Students will study modern standard Arabic and Arabic culture and literature. The major focuses on creating proficient speakers of Arabic who can apply their language skills in a variety of disciplines and careers.


Our Minor program will provide students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Arabic language and culture. It is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.

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Placement Testing

Students who have previously studied Arabic, or are heritage speakers, and wish to enroll in a course above ARB 101 need to take the placement test.  Students can also take the placement test to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the language.

Contact Information

For questions on placement testing, please contact Dr. Sadam Issa.

For questions on syllabus and curriculum, please contact Dr. Ayman Mohamed.

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