The University of Arizona has attained national recognition for its research, discovery, innovation, creativity, collaboration, and service. It has long been a leading institution of higher education in Middle East studies and research, as well as second language acquisition pedagogy. Arizona AFP benefits from and contributes to a variety of pre-established programs, schools, and centers at the University of Arizona involved in Middle East studies and the development of language pedagogy materials and methods, including:
- The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
- The Center for Middle East Studies (CMES)
- The Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
- The American Institute of Maghrib Studies (AIMS)
- The Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Ph.D. program (SLAT)
- The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)
- The Project GO ROTC Arabic Language and Culture Project (Project GO)
Because of the world-renowned faculty and multitude of cutting-edge resources, the University of Arizona attracts high-caliber undergraduates in search of a high-level Arabic program. Arizona AFP is designed to build on a half-century of excellence in Arabic teaching while embracing innovation and collaboration. Any student that meets Arizona AFP eligibility requirements from the University's large and diverse undergraduate student body is welcome to apply to the program. MENAS, where Arizona AFP is housed, has one of the top Arabic programs in the United States. MENAS grants B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Middle East studies and offers undergraduate minors in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish language, as well as a wide array of courses in Middle East culture, history, and literature. MENAS courses in Islamic studies, history, anthropology, cultural studies, and political science enrich the Arabic language program and attract a large number of undergraduate Arabic minors and MENAS graduate students.
MENAS offers a wide selection of courses in Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic dialects along with content courses in modern and classical Arabic literature, linguistics, sociolinguistics, media Arabic, and teacher training/pedagogy. The Arabic program at MENAS follows a rigorous curriculum that adopts the proficiency-based approach as well as the content-based approach to learning language and culture. Beginning and intermediate Arabic courses currently carry five credit hours each, while the third-year courses carry four, and the fourth-year courses carry three. Levantine and Egyptian Arabic courses are offered on a rotation basis for three credit hours, in addition to a newly introduced fifth-year-level content-based class.
For more information, visit the Arabic program’s website: http://menas.arizona.edu/arabic.