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Arabic Language Studies at the University of Oregon

In order to reduce the risk of exposure to students, staff, and faculty, and in response to the emergent COVID-19 situation, the Arabic language office will have adjusted hours for the coming weeks. Updates about university closures can be found here

  • For questions about Winter 2020 final exams and Spring 2020 courses, please contact your instructor.

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Congratulations to Hanan Elsherif for receiving the Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy!

The Arabic Language

Today, Arabic is the native language of over 300 million speakers in North Africa and West Asia. Arabic is also the primary language for Islamic scholarship from the seventh century to the present, and has historically functioned as a lingua franca for the entire Muslim scholarly world. Arabic has long served as the spoken and written language for a number of other confessional communities (Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Mandeans, and others).

Three-year Arabic Language Sequence

The UO curriculum offers three years of Arabic courses dedicated to increasing students’ ability to speak, read, understand, and write Arabic. Courses at the University of Oregon are designed to produce highly skilled Arabic speakers who pursue degrees in the academic majors of their choice, and to compete for national fellowships such as the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) program.

Arabic Text Courses

In addition to the three-year sequence, a number of various courses are cross-listed with their home departments are available to students who have completed the three-year sequence (or the permission of instructor), and to native speakers of Arabic. Both the topic and approach of these courses will vary depending on the professor.

Reading Classical Arabic focuses on Arabic grammar and syntax, and extremely close reading of classical Arabic sources that are well-known to contemporary native speakers. Other courses are thematic in organization, and may apply a proficiency based approach, a “read and translate” approach, or some combination, depending on the nature of the topic and professor leading the course.


Susan Campbell Hall Room 311

1294 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1294

Phone: 541-346-4971 Fax: 541-346-4118