Arabic courses cover four levels/years of language instruction at the undergraduate level. In the first and second year, students can choose between the college-wide standard four-credit track and an intensive six-credit track.

Language courses are communicative-based and student-centered. They emphasize four language skills—listening, reading, writing and speaking—in addition to fostering cultural competency. From the first course onward, Arabic classes strive to maximize the students’ exposure to the language in the classroom.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The program is connected with a Semitic minor.

What can I expect to learn in the Arabic program at GW?

Students develop proficiency in the Arabic language and culture through extensive exposure to authentic materials from various sources, including literary, media and business.

What is the Arabic community like at GW?

In addition to a substantial presence of Arab students within GW’s student body, the Arabic program and the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs host Arab scholars, intellectuals and diplomats from embassies in the Washington, D.C., area.

What can I do in the Arabic field?

Students embark on career paths as diplomats and Foreign Service Officers, government language analysts, translators and consultants. They may also engage in work in areas such as history, comparative linguistics, Semitics, religion, political science, business and international trade.