The Arabic minor offers students the chance to learn an additional language and gain a deeper understanding of another culture. Arabic language at the University of Utah is administered by the Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) and is part of the interdisciplinary program in Middle East Studies through the Middle East Center. The L2TReC department offers courses and resources designed to train students in Modern Standard Arabic at all stages of proficiency, including some instruction in spoken dialects of the language. In addition to four years of learning the Arabic language, students can also take Arabic literature and culture courses. While developing Arabic reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills, the comprehensive coursework allows advanced students to be immersed in the language and to discuss Arabic texts from various periods of Arab and Islamic history.
Academic and Career Opportunities
You can enhance your studies by completing an Intensive Summer Language Program in a regional country; networking opportunities are also available through the Model Arab League and the Middle East Languages Club. The skills students gain from this minor can be applied to a number of professional fields, such as translation/interpretation, immigration, journalism, or international business ventures.