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With over 280 million native speakers worldwide, Arabic is considered a critical language by the U.S. State Department. The ever increasing demand for bilingual Arabic speakers means there’s never been a better time to study this rich language.

We offer a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies which prepares you with not only classroom instruction of verbal and written skills but also interaction with the local Arabic-speaking community. VCU also offers a unique program on its campus in Qatar where students can fully immerse themselves in Arabic language and culture.

Please note: no substitutes will be permitted for the required 300-level Arabic course. As 300 level Arabic courses are generally not offered in the summer, you should plan to take this course during the fall or spring semester.