Bachelor's Degree in Arabic Language and Cultures

Bachelor's Degree in Arabic Language and Cultures Online Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

About the Bachelor's in Arabic

Stand out in the professional world with a strategic language and culture degree.

Learn to speak, read and write one of the most in-demand languages in today's global job market. PennWest California's 100% online bachelor degree in Arabic Language and Cultures will take you from beginner to advanced Arabic language skills. Online Arabic courses also impart a deep understanding of and appreciation for Arabic culture.

Why study Arabic at PennWest California?

  • 100% online Arabic courses let you complete your degree from anywhere while actively pursuing your career.
  • All Arabic classes online are taught by native speakers. The program focuses on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), with options to learn Egyptian and Levantine dialects.
  • PennWest California's online bachelor programs are ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report.
  • We prepare you for your career and help you get hands-on experience through internships, fieldwork, study abroad and immersion programs.

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.


Accelerated Degree: This 120-credit arabic degree program accepts transfer credits and can be completed in about one year if you transfer 90 credits, two to three years if you transfer fewer credits, and three to four years if you have no prior higher education experience. Online Arabic courses also allow you to learn at the times and locations that are most convenient for you.

Top Quality Meets Affordability: PennWest California has been named the best online college in Pennsylvania by Online courses offer the same quality education and professors as campus-based programs at a more affordable price. Global Online students do not pay fees for on-campus services. Military tuition discounts are available for Active Duty, Veteran and Dependents with proper documentation.

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PennWest California's online bachelor's degree programs have been ranked No. 6 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Arabic is an official language and mother tongue of 22 countries. It is spoken by more than 422 million speakers worldwide and used by more than 1.5 billion Muslims. Source: UNESCO.
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Graduate Outcomes

The demand for bilingual Arabic-speaking professionals in the U.S. exceeds the supply, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 29% job growth for interpreters and translators from 2014 to 2024. Your bachelor degree in Arabic Language and Culture will open doors to a wealth of U.S. government agencies, private business and nonprofits who have vested interests in the Middle East and Africa. PennWest California grads find rewarding careers in:

  • Translation, interpretation, public policy, economic development, international relations, journalism, social work, human rights, immigrant advocacy, business and education.


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Degree Benefits

Our 100% online bachelor in Arabic lets you:

  • Be a student while working full time.
  • Earn a graduate degree - and certification.
  • Build a lifelong national network.
Arabic Language and Cultures Bachelor's Degree
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Student Success Story

Meet Sajjad Hamadani '15. He speaks 10 languages and has worked as a translator and interpreter of Arabic for the U.S. Department of Homland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Review and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. "This program and the benefits derived from it have greatly influenced my life, and I am a much better person for this," says Sajjad.

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Scholarships and Cultural Immersion Funding

Students in the bachelor's degree in Arabic Language and Culture program are eligible for the Eslbeth Santee Scholarship for the study of modern languages, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education scholarships and oversees cultural immersion funding such as the Salam scholarship, the Boren scholarship, the Gilman Scholarship Program and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program.

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Transfer Your Credits

PennWest California accepts military credits, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), CLEP/DANTES/AP, or credits earned from a traditional institution to accelerate the degree completion. Students who have earned an associate degree in Modern Standard Arabic from the Defense Language Institute can transfer 45 credits toward PennWest California's Arabic Bachelor of Arts degree thanks to an agreement with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC).

Arabic Language and Cultures Bachelor's Degree Courses

This professional bachelor's degree program is delivered 100% online with classes beginning for new students in the fall and spring. Transfer students that need varying general education and elective course may enter into the program in the fall, winter, spring or summer terms. Courses combine a comprehensive education in reading, writing and speaking Modern Standard Arabic with a wide range of instruction in Arabic culture.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
3 or 4
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  English Composition II
  • General Education Options Courses (two courses)
Required Major Courses 18
ARB 101  Elementary Arabic I 3
ARB 102  Elementary Arabic II 3
ARB 203  Intermediate Arabic I 3
ARB 204  Intermediate Arabic II 3
ARB 350  Advanced Arabic I 3
ARB 351  Advanced Arabic II 3
Required Related Courses 12
Select from the following:
  • MFL 481  Mod Lang Intern (3-12 credits)
  • MFL 460  Mod Lang and Cultural Intern (3-12 credits)
  • MFL 479  Mod Lang and Field Studies (3-12 credits)
  • ARB 480  Selected Topics in Arabic (3-12 credits)
  • ARB 311  Arabic Conversation (3 credits)
  • ARB 341  Contemp. Arabic Culture (3 credits)
  • ARB 342  The Culture of Islam (3 credits)
  • ARB 343  Images of Islam (3 credits)
  • ARB 401  Intro. to Arabic Linguistics (3 credits)
  • ARB 402  Arabic Translation (3 credits)
  • ARB 421  Arabic Lit. in Translation (3 credits)
Related Electives 6
Select two courses in a foreign language and/or culture other than Arabic 6
Free Electives 44
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Approved Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any Approved Writing-Intensive, Upper-Division ARB courses
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Approved Laboratory Course

Program Notes:

  • Graduation Requirements: Minimum GPA - 2.00; Minimum Credits - 120 for only B.A. All major and general education courses completed.
  • 42 credits of the required 120 credits must include advanced-standing courses (defined as any course numbered 200 or above with at least one pre-requisite course). Any course numbered 200-299 must have at least one pre-requisite course to be counted as upper division. 300 level and above is counted automatically as upper division.
  • Academic Advisement: Consult your adviser regarding an appropriate schedule and all other issues relating to your major.
  • Additional Reminders: Developmental courses do not count toward the credits necessary for graduation but are calculated in your overall GPA.


Admission Requirements

Degree in Arabic Language and Cultures

Related Programs

  • Minor in Arabic Language and Cultures
  • Arabic Language and Cultures Certificate
    A 100% online certificate for students without prior knowledge of Arabic who are interested in learning the language and culture. This credential is an alternative or supplement to the degree that can be utilized for career enhancement or advancement.

Additional Resources

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Arabic Certificate Or Degree

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Government Jobs For Arabic Speakers

Arabic Language and Cultures Faculty

Dr. Razak Abedalla-Surrey
Assistant Professor, Adviser and Program Coordinator

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Dr. Andrea Vargas Cencich
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Arcides Gonzalez
Assistant Professor

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