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Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures

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Why study Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures?

One the world’s oldest living languages, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations, Arabic is a language with a rich and complex cultural heritage. It is spoken by as many as 420 million speakers in 22 Arab countries, and is the language of worship for 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world.

Arabic is in high demand! It's been designated a language of strategic importance by both the Canadian and the American governments.

Canada’s political, social, and cultural life is shaped by our diplomatic and economic involvement in the Muslim world. In our globalized world an understanding of Muslim cultures is indispensable for any type of public, political, or intellectual endeavor both at home and internationally.

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A unique place to study

Our “multiple literacies” language learning curriculum will prepare you to communicate in Arabic in our modern, technologically networked world. Your studies will open a cultural and linguistic window into one of the major non-Indo-European languages. Our Arabic program plays a key part in our school’s advocacy of cultural literacy  — strengthening your tolerance for cultural differences and empowering you to expand you understanding of diverse human aspirations and interests.

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Put your education to work (career opportunities)

Studying with us will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for success in professions ranging from government, public policy, journalism, international politics, social work, and business. The academic skills and knowledge gained in our program will help you pursue graduate degrees in a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences, including history, religious studies, literature, sociology, and anthropology. Learning Arabic will also open up employment possibilities in areas such as oil and gas, engineering, international trade and relations, commerce and finance, security/intelligence agencies, and travel and translation.

Assessment and placement

Before you register in Arabic language courses, consult with the School so you can be placed at the appropriate language course level. Please download and review the instructions for completing the placement form. Then complete and submit the placement form online.

Students interested in Muslim culture courses (ALMC 317, 319, 357 and 359), can enroll in these classes at any time without the submission of a placement application or departmental assessment. If you have any questions, please consult with the program advisor by e-mailing

Please Note: The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty (or misconduct) and will be dealt with as such.

Credit by special assessment

Consult the School regarding courses available for credit by special assessment. Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses by special assessment or to receive advanced credit for them.

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Apply to the Faculty of Arts through the general admissions office


Dr. Rachel Friedman
Undergraduate Advisor - ALMC 
Tel: 403-220-5300

Tel: 403-220-5300