Arabic at Eckerd College
There are more than 300 million Arabic speakers in the world. In addition to being the language of the Quran, the holy book of over 1 billion Muslims, Arabic is the sixth official language of the United Nations. Arabic infuses much of the vocabulary of science, math, and philosophy because of the historic contributions of Arabic speakers to the arts and sciences. In today's world, learning Arabic is crucial to understanding the social, political, and economical situations that affect the world around us.
Arabic is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels at Eckerd. The beginning Arabic sequence (AB 101 and AB 102) meets the college’s general education requirements. Students who successfully complete the intermediate sequence (AB 201 and AB 202) fulfill the language requirement of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. Students who wish to study Arabic at an advanced level may enroll in an approved study abroad program, selected in consultation with the mentor. The combination of Arabic study on campus and a semester-long study program in an Arabic-language country may form the basis of an International Studies major at the college. Students who desire a major that emphasizes the study of Arabic language and culture should consider International Studies.
Do you know what algebra, henna, gazelle, saffron, safari, and tariff mean? If you do, you already speak some Arabic! Why learn more?
- Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world.
- Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam.
- There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the Western world.
- There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.
- Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade.
- Arabic-speaking peoples have made significant contributions to world civilization.
- The Arab-speaking world has a rich cultural heritage.
- Knowing Arabic can promote intercultural understanding.
- Arabic influence is evident in many other languages.
- The United States has a growing Arab-American minority.