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Arabic (BA)

Arabic (BA)


Students studying Arabic progress from an elementary working knowledge of the language toward oral and written proficiency. Once students have mastered the unique writing system of the language, they are gradually introduced to basic patterns of speech and grammar. The rich body of Arabic literature is first studied in English translation; as students progress in the major and develop their language skills, they continue their readings in Arabic. 

Why choose Arabic?

Arabic is one of the world’s most important languages, the official language of 26 countries and the first language of nearly 300 million native speakers. Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world, one of six official U.N. languages and is considered a critical language of the U.S. Department of State. Unlike Arabic programs at most other universities, Ohio State’s Arabic major includes a comprehensive curriculum with advanced courses on literature and culture conducted entirely in Arabic.

What can you do with this degree?

Careers in which Arabic is the primary emphasis include teaching Arabic at all levels; interpreting and translating for the United Nations, government, or for private and public organizations; working with the special forces, trade and security, or as an information analyst for foreign embassies; and a variety of positions in hospitality, banking, consulting and business.