BA International Letters and Cultures (Arabic Studies)


Through approximately 420 million speakers around the world, Arabic is rooted in influential and emerging economies, ancient history and modern politics. When you know this strategic language, you will also have the cultural intelligence and competency that gives you a competitive edge and a pathway into a number of fields.

Program Description

The BA program in international letters and cultures with a concentration in Arabic studies provides critical and cultural diversity in advanced Arabic language and literature that enriches ASU students' undergraduate experience.

The program provides a broad knowledge and understanding of the culture, literature and traditions of the vast Arabic-speaking world and prepares students for a thriving job market. The Arabic studies concentration also benefits students interested in academic research and careers in public and diplomatic service as well as in national security.

This concentration complements existing degree programs in the School of International Letters and Cultures and enhances studies in social science disciplines such as political science and global studies as well as many humanities fields, including anthropology, history, philosophy and religious studies.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

The bachelor's degree in international letters and cultures with a concentration in Arabic studies provides greater insight into the vast Arab world of 22 countries and can lead to career opportunities in areas such as journalism, translation, international consultations, government (e.g., the U.N. and CIA), social work, law and health.

The program provides a broad knowledge and understanding of the culture, literature and traditions of the vast Arabic-speaking world and prepares students for a thriving job market. The Arabic studies concentration also benefits students interested in academic research and careers in public and diplomatic service as well as in national security.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Business Intelligence Analyst


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Community Specialist


  • Growth: 11.7%
  • Median Salary*: $46,770
  Bright Outlook

Cultural Studies Professor


  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $78,840
  Bright Outlook

Education Professor


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $65,440
  Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,870

Intelligence Officer


  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: $86,940

Lawyer


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Political Analyst


  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $125,350
  Bright Outlook

Religious Education Director


  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: $45,110

Translator


  • Growth: 20.0%
  • Median Salary*: $52,330
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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