The study of Arabic language and cultures is recognized by the United States Department of
State as a high needs area, currently being offered by only a few area colleges and universities. By
incorporating course work in Middle East studies offered on campus with immersion study abroad
in Jordan, the endorsement or the minor enables students to interact and serve Arabic cultures in the
US and the Middle East with an informed, Christian perspective consistent with the goals and mission of
Spring Arbor University.
SAU students who seek recognition as graduates prepared as critical participants in the contemporary world have this opportunity to develop global perspectives through the curriculum. This endorsement provides students with an excellent option, first studying about and then living in and experiencing an ancient arabic speaking culture and civilization.
For more information about the Arabic program please visit the course catalog.
Career opportunities and program strengths
Study of Arabic language and culture in semester immersion intensifies language acquisition allowing
the student to achieve intermediate proficiency in one semester and advanced proficiency in two
semesters. Completion of the endorsement or the minor gives students opportunity to develop global
perspectives and promotes graduates’ marketability in careers such as international business, finance
and trade, government service, social services, and Christian service and missions.