Arabic is the sixth most frequently spoken language in the world and one of the most sought-after languages in the U.S. government and military. A foreign language area studies certificate in Arabic and the Middle East will demonstrate your value to employers in both the civilian and military sectors.

About the Arabic Language and the Middle East Undergraduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop competencies and familiarity with the basic Arabic language
  • Gain knowledge of Arabic and Middle Eastern traditions, customs, history, and culture
  • Understand how to function appropriately and effectively in the Middle East
  • Obtain a foundation in cultural or political knowledge of the region

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Learn to pronounce all the Arabic sounds and letters, including recognizing connected letters and diacritical marks
  • Engage in real-life situations using culturally appropriate language and an understanding of Arab etiquette
  • Create a timeline and annotated bibliography in the class and write a sample press release on a current Middle Eastern topic

Arabic Language and the Middle East Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • ARAB 111
  • ARAB 112
  • ARAB 114
  • ARAB 115

Related Area Studies Courses (6 credits)

Choose from related courses in Arabic and the Middle East culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics

Some examples follow:

  • Any ARAB course(s)
  • BMGT 392
  • GVPT 407
  • HIST 392

Overall Certificate Requirements

Common Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You must complete a total of 18 credits, including at least 9 credits with UMGC.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses. Certificate courses may not be taken as pass/fail.
  • At least half of the total credits you use for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate may be earned through credit by examination, prior-learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.