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Arabic (minor only)

Arabic is among the top five most widely spoken languages in the world and has a growing influence in global business, politics and economics.

Why Choose Arabic?

Arabic speakers are in great demand. The U.S. State Department has named Arabic a “critical language.” Being proficient in the language can open many doors for careers in government, law and education.

The Classroom

In addition to courses focusing on grammar, composition and conversation, Arabic classes provide an introduction to the culture of Arabic-speaking peoples and regions.

Our small class sizes allow you to develop language competency as well as establish a close relationship with your professor.

The Experience

There is no better place to learn a language than a global hub like New York City. As an Arabic minor at Manhattan College, you’ll have a variety of opportunities that take you out of the classroom and into the world including:

  • Trips to museums and cultural institutions in New York City
  • Plays, concerts and lectures, both on campus and throughout New York City
  • International study abroad programs
  • Language conversation tables

What Will You Learn?

The Arabic minor combines practical language skills with cultural studies. As an Arabic minor, you will:

  • Become proficient in speaking, reading and writing Arabic
  • Understand how this language works in comparison to English
  • Gain a critical understanding of and appreciation for the culture of the people who speak the language

See minor requirements

What Will You Do?

There is a high demand for employees who speak in more than one language. Regardless of your intended career path, multilingual proficiency makes you a stronger job candidate. An Arabic minor is an excellent complement to just about any career whether in the liberal arts and sciences or in business, engineering, education or the health professions.

See the Spanish major or French major page for further information about careers specific to modern languages.