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Ranked among the top six of the world's major languages, spoken by more than 280 million people worldwide, and the liturgical langauge of Islam, there is a high demand for Arabic speakers in the USA. The Arabic program at The Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center, Department of Linguistics, offers students courses that help them achieve proficiency in the written and spoken varietys of the langauges, as well as acquaint them with the linguistics, culture, and literature of the Arab world. The program consists of three years of a combination of Modern Standard Arabic and the Egyptian or Levantine dialect. Depending on demand, we also offer the Moroccan and Iraqui dilaects separately. Content courses, offered both in Arabic and Enlish, include linguistics, literature, culture, translation, and media. Students in the Arabic program could pursue an undergraduate certificate in the Arabic Language and Linguistics that helps qualify them in the fields of diplomacy, business, intelligence, or linguistics, in the USA or overseas.

Courses Offered

  • Arabic 1: ARABIC 0101, 0121
  • Arabic 2: ARABIC 0102, 0122
  • Arabic 3: ARABIC 0103, 0123
  • Arabic 4: ARABIC 0104, 0124
  • Arabic 5: ARABIC 0105, 0125


Why Study Arabic?

The Arabic Certificate

To find out more information about the Arabic certificate, please click here.

Use Arabic to Earn Pitt Credentials



  • Amani Attia
  • Ola Abd Elsalam
  • Amro Elaswalli
  • Zac Tillman
  • Rasha Al-Hashimi
  • Luke Peterson
  • Anthony Verardi

Full instructor bio's coming soon!

Arabic Outside the Classroom

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Useful Links

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Arabic is at least 1,500 years old

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Arabic is the 5th most popular language in the world

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There are more than 100 words for camel in Arabic

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There are no capitalizations or contractions in Arabic

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Arabic is written from right to left

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Writing in Arabic is like writing in cursive, all the letters must connect!

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Arabic is one of the 6 official langauges used in UN meetings

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There are multiple dialects of Arabic

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The algebraic letter 'x', which represents an unknown number, came from the Arabic word for "thing"

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Although Arabic script is written from right to left, numbers are written left to right

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Many Spanish words were derived from Arabic

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