Minor in Middle Eastern Studies

  • Total Credit Hours: 18
  • Degree Format: Traditional

About this field

Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world with 420 million native and non-native speakers.  It is the official language of 28 countries throughout the globe and the liturgical language of Islam.  College graduates who are proficient in Arabic and who have a deep understanding of the richness and diversity of the cultures in the Arab world have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in civil service, intelligence, the military, humanities-related fields, and business, to name just a few.

The Valdosta State Difference

Middle Eastern Studies is a new interdisciplinary minor at Valdosta State University where the study of Arabic language and culture has already excellent traditions.  Students enrolled in the Middle Eastern Studies minor will have a number of opportunities to hone their language and culture skills both in and out of the classroom and enroll in History, Political Science, and Philosophy and Religious Studies on issues pertaining to the Middle East courses, taught in English. They are invited to join the Arabic Club an organization that encourages conversational Arabic and seeks to expand the knowledge and awareness of the cultures of the Arab world. In addition, study abroad opportunities are available for students of Arabic in Morocco.

What You'll Learn

The Middle Eastern Studies minor can complement any major and is a good choice for students who want to gain basic proficiency in Arabic and a deeper understanding of the cultures of the Arab speaking world. 18 hours of coursework are required.


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