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Department of Modern Languages: Language Programs

Arabic Minor / Major*


Why is it important to learn Arabic?

  • Arabic is the 5th most spoken language in the world; the language of over 300 million people
  • Arabic is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations and 21 countries.
  • Career Opportunities: Arabic is one of the most urgently needed languages for business and the U.S. Government, which has designated Arabic a "Critical Language" for recruiting and hiring.

*An Arabic major and minor are currently in development.


Courses offered at WKU

ARBC 101/102 Elementary Arabic I and II

ARBC 201/202 Intermediate Arabic I and II

ARBC Advanced Arabic I and II

ARBC Advanced Media Arabic

ARBC Arabic Literature

ARBC Topics in Arabic Media

ARBC Arabic Civilization I and II

ARBC Colloquial Arabic

ARBC Arabic Translation Studies

ARBC Topics in Arabic Literature and Culture


Arabic Faculty:

Dr. David  DiMeo. Assistant Professor of Arabic.
Dr. DiMeoworked as an Arabic and Middle East specialist for the U.S. government for over 20 years. He has taught Arabic for over 12 years from beginning to advanced level. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard and M.A. from Princeton, but like most of you, started learning Arabic after high school, with no prior background in the language. (david.dimeo@wku.edu)

Khaldoun Almousily. Instructor of Arabic, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant.
Mr. Almousily, a native speaker of Arabic from Jordan, is an award winning teacher who has taught from elementary school to university level. In addition to teaching at WKU, he works for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as the first officially certified Arabic translator. He earned his M.A. degree from the University of Jordan and is a specialist in Arabic-English translation. (Khaldoun.almousily@wku.edu)




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 Last Modified 10/14/20