Arabic Studies - Certificate of Achievement

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201 and F-138
Faculty Contact
Tazeen Ayub: 313-317-6847,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-233

Program Description


Provides an understanding of the Arabic language and Arab cultures and develops the communicative and intercultural competencies integral to actively participate in a diverse global society. The Arabic Studies Certificate of Achievement prepares students to reach the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s (ACTFL) Intermediate Mid proficiency level, at which speakers can successfully handle everyday communicative tasks. Graduates wishing to pursue higher levels of proficiency may transfer most if not all of the course work.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Initiate, conduct, and terminate context-specific conversations with Arabic speakers at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s Intermediate Mid-level.
  2. Interpret written and spoken Arabic from authentic sources at the Intermediate Mid-level.
  3. Synthesize multiple Arabic-language sources and produce formal and informal audiovisual and textual presentational materials.
  4. Distinguish and explain linguistic and cultural differences among Arabic-speaking communities.
  5. Compare and contrast American mainstream culture with a variety of Arabic-speaking cultures.
Career Opportunities

Health careers
Social work
International business
Future Arabic interpretation or translation work

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2021 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.