Explore Arabic at UTA—العربية لغة المستقبل


Part of the Critical Languages and International Studies section, our mission is to promote global competence through the study of the language, literature, and culture of the Arabic-speaking world.

Arabic is the fifth-most widely spoken language in the world with over 300 million native speakers who are spread across more than 20 countries. Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam, the faith of over one billion followers who know Arabic as a first or second language. As one of the official languages of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the African Union, Arabic is a global language at the forefront of transnational diplomacy and commerce. The high demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the West increases job opportunities in a variety of fields. Moreover, the U.S. government has designated Arabic as a language of strategic importance, which means that more opportunities for financial support are available for Arabic students.

Our innovative curriculum is designed to maximize the success of both language learners and heritage speakers of Arabic who grew up with Arabic at home. Through experiential learning in language classes, as well as in more advanced courses in literature, culture, and localization and translation, we train our students to be multilingual and intercultural. In addition to linguistic and cultural competence, students gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

Arabic graduates are prepared for job opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • The language services industry (localization and translation)
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector: museums, libraries, and archives


Minor in Arabic

People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, government, healthcare, as well as legal and social services. Minoring in Arabic is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

Requirements for a Minor in Arabic

  • ARAB 1442*
  • ARAB 2313
  • ARAB 2314
  • 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level Arabic coursework

* Note: Although ARAB 1441 is not required for the minor, ARAB 1441 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for ARAB 1442. Likewise, a C or better is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.

Faculty Advisor

Reem Shishakly

Coordinator of Arabic

Senior Lecturer of Arabic

Reem Shishakly

Email: rshishakly@uta.edu

Office: 325 Hammond Hall


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