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World Languages Department


Why Arabic?

Arabic is one of the up and coming languages of the world, increasing in college enrollments 92% from 1998 to 2002.

Arabic at RCTC (See college catalog for course descriptions)

Arabic 1101:  Beginning Arabic I

RCTC’s first offerings in Middle and Far Eastern languages of the modern world

Arabic is also one of the up and coming languages of the world, increasing in college enrollments 92% from 1998 to 2002
Nicholas Ostler, author of Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World indicates that each language encompasses the traits of a culture and its history; thus, in order to truly understand a culture, one must understand the language.
The business world (and beyond) needs people who understand culture and language.

Suggestions for Placement
and Other Information: Arabic

Careers in Arabic:

Arabic education (K-16) interpreter services, international relations, governmental agencies, and tourist industry are among the fields in which Arabic may be a prerequisite.

Arabic is recommended for many careers, including international business (e.g. import-export, banking, industry), hotel/motel management, and humanitarian agencies.

Lower division courses which lead to an Arabic major or minor at a four-year institution:

Arabic 1101 4 credits Beginning Arabic I
Arabic 1102 4 credits Beginning Arabic II

An encouraging word!

Many universities offer retroactive credit at a nominal fee upon completion of an upper-level course with a grade of A or B. The student with previous language experience should continue the same foreign language, and enter the sequence at RCTC at as high a level as possible, so as to complete the entire lower division sequence before transfer. The University of Minnesota also offers FLIP and FLAC, Foreign Language Immersion and Across the Curriculum certificate programs. For the past 5 years, the University of Minnesota-Rochester has offered a successful certificate program for Interpreters and Translators as an extension of Continuing Education.



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