Arabic Language and Cultures

Arabic Language and Cultures Online Certificate

About Arabic Language and Cultures

Open up a world of opportunity with a 100% online certificate in Arabic Language and Cultures.

Meet the high demand for professionals who are well versed in Arabic language and culture with an online certificate from PennWest California. This undergraduate, non-degree program is part of PennWest California's Global Online learning community, which has been ranked among the best online programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Arabic language and culture courses are offered year-round, enabling you to complete your certificate in 60 weeks. Current students may add this certificate for career enhancement or advancement.

Acquire top preparation for a strategic career.

  • Learn from professors who are native speakers of Arabic.
  • Acquire reading, writing and speaking skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) - and have the opportunity to learn Egyptian and Levantine dialects.
  • Gain insight into Arabic cultural topics including geography, religions, cuisine and multiculturalism.
  • Prepare for a wide range of jobs in the United States and overseas.


100% Online: Complete your PennWest California courses anywhere, at any time, through online video lessons, discussions and Skype tutoring sessions. Utilize tools such as the Online Arabic Conversation Table and an online companion website that comes with class textbooks.

Choose Your Focus: Earn your certificate with 12 credits in Arabic language or combine nine credits of Arabic language with three credits in selected topics. Choose capstone courses to further enhance your Arabic language skills and/or gain a deeper appreciation of Arabic culture.

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422 million  
People speak Arabic, making it one of the six most commonly spoken languages in the world. It is considered the mother tongue and official language of 22 countries. Source: UNESCO.
The projected job growth for interpreters and translators from 2014 to 2024 is much faster than the average for all occupations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Program Benefits

PennWest California's Arabic Language and Cultures program is designed to provide you with the intermediate, entry-level skills and experiences you need in the job market.

  • Learn to read, write and converse in Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Develop appreciation and knowledge of Arabic culture.
  • Become an intellectually well-rounded professional who respects all cultures and actively participates in the global community.
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Graduate Outcomes

The U.S. government classifies Arabic as a strategic language, meaning that jobs for bilingual Arabic speakers are in high demand. PennWest California alumni go on to careers in political, military and economic roles or in the private and nonprofit sectors, including:

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

Program Mission

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."

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Military Friendly School

PennWest California has been recognized as a 2017 Military Friendly® School for the University's long commitment to military service members, veterans and their families. The 100% online Arabic language and culture program is a convenient and affordable option for working professionals, including Defense personnel and military members.

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What Do Students Say About the Program?

"Special thanks to Dr. Razak Abedalla-Surrey for the time, patience and his ability to make [Arabic] interesting. He taught us how to think critically, be problem solvers, and love learning. He works so hard to boost students' confidence. Good teachers help in guiding us to develop our potentials and embrace our strengths." - Ghadah Al-Saadi '16

"This program and the benefits derived from it have greatly influenced my life, and I am a much better person for this." - Sajjad Hamadani '15

Example Course
  • Arabic Literature in Translation
  • Arabic Translation
  • Intro to Linguistics
  • Culture of Islam
  • Contemporary Arabic Culture
  • Modern Language and Field Study
  • Advanced Arabic
  • Intermediate Arabic
  • Elementary Arabic


Admission Requirements

Arabic Language and Cultures

Bachelor's Degree
  • Arabic Language and Cultures
    A bachelor's degree program for students who want to learn to speak, read and Arabic at an advanced level and become well versed in Arabic culture. 

Additional Resources

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