Short Courses

Arabic Now

The Rising Importance of Arabic

Semester: Spring 2018

Arabic II

FLL 1000 - CRN 21674
Tuesdays and Thursdays
12:30 P.M. to 1:45 P.M.


Learning Arabic is an extremely important skill in today's complicated world. The rise of oil prices and the ongoing political instability in the Middle East insures that Arabic speaking countries and particularly those that are oil producing are of tremendous importance.

Of course the Arabic language is important aside from the current economic and political issues simply because of the number of countries that speak it. Arabic is spoken by over one hundred and fifty million people throughout the world including the following countries and territories: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, Western Sahara, the Yemen Arab Republic.

Arabic can open doors to employment in various industries such as in virtually any international business, the military finds itself in desperate need of translators and interpreters. Intelligences serves like the CIA and the FBI still find themselves desperately behind in the translation of many documents. Consequently, Arabic speakers are being paid high wages to fill these critical services. Many of our students at OSU have been employed by Homeland Security, FBI, and in International Law colleges.

Join us on a journey of learning Arabic and understanding the culture.

Program Coordinator

Christine Nichols