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University of Pittsburgh    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate

The Department of Linguistics offers an undergraduate certificate in Arabic Language and Linguistics. This certificate program should lead students to:

  • an intermediate to advanced proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (formal Arabic) and at least one Arabic dialect;
  • an understanding of the linguistic structure of Arabic;
  • an understanding of important issues in Arabic literature and culture; and
  • exposure to authentic Arabic reading and listening materials, and discussion of general topics of interest in the Arab world in Arabic.

The certificate program could conveniently accompany several undergraduate majors including, but not limited to, linguistics, political science, communication science, and various undergraduate disciplines that serve as the basis for graduate-level degrees and certificates in the schools of education, law, and others.

Students who are interested in the Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate can apply for the program after they complete the prerequisites for the certificate which is the completion of two semesters of the language with an average B grade or higher. However, students could also apply for the certificate any time before their graduation if they complete the requirements by then. Contact the Arabic coordinator, Amani Attia ( for advice on course planning, and to submit the application packet, which consists of three forms to be filled out by candidates. This certificate requires 32-34 credits for completion.

Prerequisite dialect courses

Students must complete two semesters of Modern Standard Arabic in one dialect - Egyptian or Levantine, with a letter grade of B or higher to declare the certificate. In addition to the prerequisite courses, the certificate requires 22-23 credits of course work as described.

Choose one of the following pairs of courses.

Required Courses:

Two additional courses in the same dialect

In some cases, students could change from one dialect track to the other, based on study abroad needs, schedule conflicts, or other factors. The student must show a certain level of proficiency in the target dialect. Contact Arabic coordinator ( for advice on this issue.

Arabic culture course

Students must complete one of the following courses.

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