Arabic Studies (Minor)

Why study Arabic at Dal?

Learn the language of more than 20 countries

Studying Arabic at Dalhousie University means learning the official language of more than 20 countries around the world. In this Minor program you'll study Mordern Standard Arabic, or literary Arabic, the present day Arabic language used in formal communications. 

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Minor available with BACS, BA, BComm, BCD, BCS, BMgmt, BMus, BSc
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of Classics
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: Dependent on degree choice



What will I learn?

Arabic Studies starts by exploring the foundations of the Arabic langauge. You'll dissect and learn Modern Standard Arabic, the language used in formal communication, as well as spoken Arabic. You'll be introduced to the Arab world by studying ancient and modern culture and civilization, daily life, religions and more. 

In your upper years you'll continue to build on the grammar and vocabulary from your introductory courses and discover specific regional dialects. You'll gain a broader understanding of the culture and read the works of great Muslim thinkers. 

Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Arabic I & II
  • A Cultural Introduction to the Arab World
  • Arabic Pre-Islamic Poetry

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.



Careers and future study

The Arabic Studies minor complements your major program by enriching your overall learning experience and enhancing your preparation for a diverse range of careers, including:

  • law and business
  • academia and research
  • medicine


Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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