About this Program

A minor in Arabic introduces students to the Arab world through learning the Arabic language. Arabic classes at ODU allow the students to explore authentic Arabic texts dealing with Middle Eastern literature, history, media, and politics of the region through the language spoken by its peoples. Starting from learning the alphabet in the beginner’s classes to more advanced Arabic classes that introduce the students to the area through authentic texts. Both Modern Standard Arabic and dialect are introduced in these classes to equip the students with adequate linguistic background to use in their careers or academic pursuits.

Program Highlights

  • Prepares students to read authentic materials on the internet written by native speakers.

  • Equips students with adequate knowledge to analyze modern Arabic scripts, poetry, and religious texts.

  • Provides students with authentic Arabic experience through exploring its culture and values.

  • Sets the foundation for strong translation abilities from Arabic to English and vis versa.

  • Allows the students to communicate in both MSA and the Levantine dialect in classes to better prepare them to real life situations of speaking the language with native speakers in the Arab world.

  • Reaches out to native Arabic students on campus to enrich the students’ language and cultural experience.

  • Provides students enhanced opportunities for employment in NGOs and government-related jobs.

  • Students also have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource

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What are the requirements to apply for Arabic at ODU?
Students entering the Minor program in Arabic should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses  specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of twelve hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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