Foreign Language: Arabic Major

Foreign Language: Arabic Major

Foreign Language: Arabic

Major

The Middle East is the cradle of civilization, is the birthplace of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, and stands at the center of both the global economy and many of the key strategic military and political alliances of the United States.

Offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

What Can I Expect from Studying Arabic at West Point? 

As an Arabic or Foreign Area Studies major, you will develop your linguistic interest and aptitude by broadening and deepening your mastery of one of civilization’s great cultures. The Middle East is the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, and stands at the center of both the global economy and many of the key strategic military and political alliances of the United States.

Our curriculum can accommodate learners of all skill levels. At West Point, we teach both Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha) and the Levantine (Shami) dialect simultaneously. This proficiency will give you the skills you need to succeed both as a consumer and practitioner of the language. Finally, you will be given multiple opportunities to travel abroad, either through Summer Immersion or a full semester abroad.

Majors: Arabic, Arabic with Honors, Middle East Foreign Area Studies, Dual Language

Minors: Middle East Regional Studies

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages.

Required Courses

  • LN380 NATURE OF MODERN LANGUAGES

Sample Electives

  • LA371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE ARABIC 
  • LA372 ARABIC FOR ORAL & WRITTEN COMM  
  • LA470 SPECIAL TOPIC IN ARABIC 
  • LA472 COLLOQUIAL ARABIC 
  • LA475 ARABIC RDG/WRTG THRU MEDIA  
  • LA476 MILITARY SPKG/RDG - ARABIC 
  • LA483 ARAB CIVILIZATION I 
  • LA485 ARABIC LITERATURE I 
  • LN440A ARABIC IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • LN488 ADV IND STUDY-FOREIGN LANGS 
  • LN491 SEM ABROAD: ADV LANG & CULT I 

To learn more, view the full Foreign Language - Arabic Major Curriculum.

Interact with Arabic at West Point!

Maximize your Arabic experience competing as a delegate in the Model Arab League against other universities, or explore Arab language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Arabic Forum. 

The Arabic Forum is a platform to learn about the language, people, culture, and religions of the Middle East. Events include Arabic films, conversation table, and trips to restaurants and cultural centers.

Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad or experience a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience, in places such Jordan, Oman, and Morocco. 

Immersion opportunities:

  • Semester Abroad Program (SAP): Four months of study in Morocco or Oman.
  • Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD): 3 weeks of study in Morocco or Oman. Each trip is worth 3 credit hours. Past trips have included Jordan, Oman and Morocco. A unique opportunity to experience Arabic culture firsthand!

Honor Societies:
Phi Sigma Iota - International Foreign Language Honor Society
Golden Key - International Honour Society
Phi Kappa Phi - Oldest and Largest Collegiate Honor Society

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages or the Center for Languages, Cultures, and Regional Studies.