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Arabic Studies

  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Gannon’s Arabic studies minor equips you with the skills you need to broaden your horizons at home and on your global travels. 

    Language and cultural knowledge are key to global citizenship. By pursuing a minor in Arabic studies, you will learn basic conversational skills, Arabic script, and grammatical structures that you will apply in real-world contexts. Through classroom and real-world learning opportunities, you will have engaging peer-to-peer conversations, learn to present in Arabic, and visit local Arab restaurants to practice ordering food. You will also interview speakers, watch movies and listen to Arabic music to gain a sense of the diversity of Arabic culture.  

    Through upper-level minor courses, you can delve into Arab cinema, women’s history and Arabic literary tradition. You will gain understanding of the complex stories that inform today’s quickly shifting political sands.

    The Arabic studies minor is a great companion to any major, particularly Gannon’s public service and global affairs, political science, criminal justice, history, health sciences, and international business programs.


    Seniors who have successfully passed ARABI 111, ARABI 112, ARABI 210 and ARABI 211, as well as two upper-level GLOBL, political science, history, archeology, women studies or literature courses with a focus on the Arabic-speaking world qualify for the minor. The total of credits necessary to complete the Arabic studies minor is 18. 

    Students interested in a minor should consult with the global languages and cultures program director early in their academic career for advice on the sequence of courses to take. They must also complete an application form for a minor in the dean’s office.

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.