Arabic is the 4th most-commonly spoken language in the world. If that’s not reason enough to study the language, check out these other quick facts:

  • There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the U.S.
  • The State Department has named Arabic a “Critical Language”
  • There are a lot of financial incentives for studying Arabic in the U.S.
  • With the fast-growing market for trade, the demand for Arabic speakers is only going up!
  • Learning Arabic also heightens intercultural understanding.

Careers in Arabic can be found anywhere that communications between or with Arab nations can be found! This includes diplomacy, international and political studies, intelligence, business, journalism, religious studies, marketing, history, tourism, translation, interpretation, anthropology, and linguistics to name a few.

Here’s a welcome message for potential students of Arabic from Professor Ghinwa Alameen.


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Check out our full list of courses we offer on the ISU Course Catalog, and see this semester’s courses on the ISU Schedule of Classes.



The student learning outcomes linked below are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This page outlines the standards of a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations. These outcomes establish a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.

Arabic Outcomes


Study Abroad

Currently the Department of World Languages and Cultures does not directly offer study abroad programs for Arabic language learners. For more information about what programs ISU affiliate programs offer with an Arabic language of instruction, please visit the ISU Abroad search results below.

ISU Abroad results

NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor as well as study abroad advisors on campus to plan your journey.