Certificate of Specialization: Arabic

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Arabic.

A Certificate of Specialization in Arabic focuses on acquiring language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Arabic socially and professionally. This program should be of particular interest to students considering careers in international business, government service, or other professions where foreign language proficiency is important. This program has two tracks: one for students who enter Temple University with little or no previous background in Arabic; and one for students who enter Temple University with a previous background in Arabic.


The curriculum consists of six developmentally-sequenced semesters of instruction in Arabic. Students with no background in Arabic will begin the six-course sequence with ARBC 1001 and will complete the certificate with a total of 20 credits. Students who enter the program with a placement above ARBC 1001 will need to complete the six-course requirement by taking either or both ARBC 4183 and ARBC 4283, and will complete the certificate with 18-19 credits. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses to qualify for the certificate.

ARBC 1001Arabic Elements I 14
ARBC 1002Arabic Elements II 14
ARBC 2001Arabic Intermediate I3
ARBC 2002Arabic Intermediate II3
ARBC 3001Arabic Advanced I3
ARBC 3002Arabic Advanced II3

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.