Arabic, a Semitic language with ancient roots, has been functioning as a vital written and spoken language for centuries in different parts of the world. In addition to a rich literary tradition, during the Middle Ages, Arabic was the main language of literature, science, philosophy, and theology in a vast region that stretched from Spain in the West to India in the East. Thus, Arabic has had a considerable influence on other languages - Farsi, Turkish, Urdu, and others - and the Arab world has a rich cultural tradition and a history of significant contributions to the sciences. Today, Arabic is the official language of more than 20 countries, it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, it has been designated as a critical language by the U.S. Department of State, and it the fifth most spoken language in the world, with more than 300 million speakers worldwide. It is an important language in both international relations and the global economy, and therefore, a strategic language to learn for those interested in entering either the public or private sectors.
The Arabic program at Georgia Tech offers first through third-year level Arabic, a summer study abroad program (see below), as well as several English-language courses in Middle Eastern culture, society, cinema, literature, and current events. In addition to Modern Standard (Formal) Arabic, the Arabic program at Georgia Tech teaches the Egyptian and Syrian spoken dialects. Consequently, the program uniquely emphasized Arabic’s immense variety, and students learn to switch between spoken and formal registers of language.
In addition to the formal course offerings, Georgia Tech boasts a robust Middle Eastern community. Three active student groups organize cultural and educational programs on campus: the Arab Student Organization (ASO), the Egyptian Student Association, and the Muslim Students Association.
Programs of Study
The School of Modern Languages currently offers first through third-year courses in Arabic and Arabic courses are available as part of the minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
Spring 2021 Course Offerings
Elementary Arabic I (ARBC1001/1814 A)
Teaches students how to understand the language of the Qur’an, its vocabulary, and grammar. Taught in English & Arabic. 4 credit hours. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Ahmed Ahmed.
Elementary Arabic II (ARBC1002 A)
A beginner level course for students with little or no knowledge of Arabic language. The course is not meant for students who can read, write, and speak in Arabic. Open to students with prior credit in ARBC1001, or consent of instructor. 4 credit hours. Hybrid. Taught by Prof. David Marcus.
Understand Arab Culture (ARBC1501 UA/UA1)
Discusses Arab beliefs and values in religion, society, family, gender, music, politics, and social norms. Taught in English. 3 credit hours. Remote asynchronous. Taught by Prof. David Marcus.
Arts Sci Tech Thru Hist (ARBC2301 UA)
Discusses Arab achievements in science & tech through history. Taught in English. 3 credit hours. Remote asynchronous. Taught by Prof. Roshan Iqbal.
Persp Arab-Israeli Conflict (ARBC3401 A)
Israeli and Palestinian literature, film, and music, in English translation. Taught in English. 3 credit hours. Hybrid. Taught by Prof. David Marcus.
Men-Women in Islam (ARBC3501 A)
Discusses religious texts on gender & their interpretation. Taught in English. 3 credit hours. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Ahmed Ahmed.
Special Topics: Media and the Middle East (ARBC4813/8803)
Does international media prevent immigrants from integrating? Project-based course; produces a data-driven report on the benefit of Arab media to the Arab community in the Atlanta area. Taught in Arabic. 3 credit hours. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Natalie Khazaal.
Beginning in Summer 2019, the School of Modern Languages will offer a Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) summer study abroad program in Morocco. The School’s LBAT programs strive to provide intensive language-development experiences related to commercial, technological, and sustainability studies in areas of importance to the host countries, as well as the opportunity to interact first-hand with leading institutions, businesses, societal and political organizations in the language of the country. The Morocco LBAT will be located in the capital city of Rabat, and students will complete nine hours of coursework in seven weeks that can be applied towards the minor in Middle Eastern and North African studies.