The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University offers two minors in Arabic.

Requirements vary somewhat from one WMU undergraduate catalog to the next. No student may graduate under a catalog that is more than 10 years old.

Only courses in which a grade of "C" or better is obtained will be counted toward an Arabic minor.

A face-to-face program segment on Technology in the Learner-Centered Arabic Classroom will be held at Michigan State University's Detroit Center in Detroit, beginning July 27 and ending Aug. 7. STARTALK 2015 summer program provides teachers of Arabic with the opportunity to learn and integrate technology and approaches of teaching a learner-centered classroom. The program will create a sense of community among all participants and a network for outreach through sharing successful language activities and ideas.


We encourage you to make an appointment with an advisor of Arabic if you have any questions about your Arabic studies. As a minor, plan to meet each semester with your advisor of Arabic as well as your curriculum advisor, typically in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Education and Human Development.


Follow the placement guidelines to determine an appropriate course for your language studies.


Arabic courses

Courses in English about Arabic language and culture:

Arabic online

Arabic online links to full instructional units on Arabic and Egyptian cultures offering authentic texts and audio/video excerpts with self-graded comprehension questions. The materials are free to use and no registration is needed.

Study abroad

The department offers a study abroad program for Arabic studies. If you desire to earn Arabic credits through participation in a study abroad program contact Dr. Mustafa Mughazy. A program must be approved before it is undertaken.

Michigan Arabic Teachers' Council

MIATC builds relationships between Arabic language instructors, school administrators and education professionals, as well as provides information to those interested in becoming certified Arabic teachers.