Arabic Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

Modern Standard Arabic introduces students to the form of the language that is understood throughout the Arab world. It promotes a level of literacy that gives students access to the vast heritage of ancient and modern literature, scholarly work and the media. It is a foundation that will enable advanced students to learn one or more of the dialects that comprise colloquial Arabic (Levantine, Iraqi, Arabian, Egyptian and North African).

The curriculum acquaints students with the geography, political systems, cultures and religious heterogeneity (Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc.) of the Arab world. Special attention will be given to the 21 Arab countries that are members of the Arab League of Nations.