Why study Arabic?

Arabic is a Global Language.

Arabic is a language that is spoken natively in 22 countries. These countries make up the Arab World. This fact is very unique. You cannot find any 22 countries in the world that speak the same native language and share the same history. Most of them also share the same religion.

Increasing Job Opportunities

Speaking Arabic will increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a transfer overseas, or going on foreign business trips. Nowadays, there are many official incentives and many excellent job opportunities for those who speak it in a variety of fields such as journalism, trade, translation, international law, industry, education, finance and many other areas.

Studying Abroad & Scholarships

Students pursuing Arabic are often able to secure study-abroad scholarships and other professional development opportunities. If you plan to study at one of the Middle East universities, colleges or schools, you'll need a thorough knowledge of the local language. Also, attaining proficiency in Arabic makes you a stronger candidate for graduate school, particularly in disciplines such as Middle East Studies, Religious Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Literature and Cultural Studies. It enables you to read texts in their original language and to conduct fieldwork in Arabic, thus adding value to your scholarship.


Learning Arabic will help you better understand Islam. Arabic is a tool that will help you learn about the Quran and Muslim culture. And of course every Muslim must know at least a little bit of Arabic in order to fulfill their religious duties.

Culture and Getting in Touch with your Roots

If your partner, in-laws, relatives or friends speak Arabic, learning that language will help you to communicate and give you a better understanding of their culture and ways of thinking. The traditional hospitality of the Arabs becomes even more cordial when the guest shows a willingness to communicate in Arabic.


COD offers Arabic courses in the traditional format where classes meet weekly and student have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers.


  • Arabic 1100 – Arabic Civilization and Culture - 3 credit hours (taught in English)
  • Arabic 1101 – Elementary Arabic I – 4 credit hours
  • Arabic 1102 – Elementary Arabic II – 4 credit hours
  • Arabic 2201 – Intermediate Arabic I – 4 credit hours
  • Arabic 2202 – Intermediate Arabic II – 4 credit hours



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