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Professional Arabic (Undergraduate Certificate)

Both NGOs and employers increasingly seek candidates with adequate certified language and cultural skills. These skills are particularly important in Michigan, given its location as a hub for industry and a haven for Arabic speaking communities, where Arabic is an asset and used in the domains of religion, commerce, education, administration, and other industries. The Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Arabic provides students with the ability to read, write, listen, and speak in Modern Standard Arabic; carry out daily and routine tasks such as asking for directions, ordering in a restaurant, describing people and things; and narrate information in the past, present, and future. Students also gain knowledge about cultural differences and practices that allow them to better understand and function within Arabic cultures.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University. Students who want to apply for the certificate must first finish one year of Arabic classes (ARB 1010 and ARB 1020 ) or pass the placement exam and have a minimum of a 2.5 g.p.a. The program shall also be open to students who have previously earned a baccalaureate level degree at Wayne State or another accredited institution.

Program Requirements

The Professional Arabic Undergraduate Certificate requires the completion of a minimum of 14 credits. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship.

Required Courses
Select eight credits from the following:8
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Select three credits from the following:3
Business Arabic
Advanced Arabic I
Spoken Arabic
Conversation and Composition
Select three credits from the following:3
Internship in Near Eastern Studies
Total Credits14
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