This program is currently under revision. At this time, we are not accepting applications.

Spoken daily by over 300 million people worldwide, Arabic is one of the world's major languages. The programs in Arabic language and culture provide you not only with a good knowledge of the language itself, but also with an invaluable perspective into Arabic culture, history, literature, philosophy, religion and society. In addition, agreements between the University of Ottawa and other universities in the Arab world allow you to go on exchange programs in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt or another country. 

If you wish to discover the world and learn Arabic at the same time, this major is for you. It includes a mandatory immersion stay abroad in an Arabic-speaking university, where you will be surrounded by the language and be required to take at least twelve units of courses. A mobility scholarship to help you cover the cost of your travel and stay is available.

Courses in this program are taught in Arabic, English or French.

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

ARB 1911Elementary Arabic I3 Units
ARB 1912Elementary Arabic II3 Units
ARB 2101Arabic Culture I3 Units
ARB 2102Arabic Culture II3 Units
ARB 2911Intermediate Arabic I3 Units
ARB 2912Intermediate Arabic II3 Units
ARB 3911Advanced Arabic I3 Units
ARB 3912Advanced Arabic II3 Units
6 optional course units in Arabic (ARB) from the list of optional courses6 Units
6 optional course units in Arabic (ARB) at the 3000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
6 optional course units in Arabic (ARB) at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
Total: 42 Units

Mandatory Requirement: Immersion Stay Abroad

A minimum of 12 units will be taken abroad in a university where Arabic is the language of teaching and study. The University of Ottawa will establish ARB course equivalencies.
The foreign university and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature will establish jointly a bank of courses from which students will choose the units to take.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. must have completed ARB 3911, ARB 2101 and ARB 2102;
  2. must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.0;
  3. must not be on probation;
Students will receive a total of $2000 in funding (i.e. a $1000 mobility scholarship from the International Office and $1000 from the Faculty of Arts).

List of Optional Courses

ARB 2103Pop Culture in the Arab World3 Units
ARB 3101Arabic Cinema and Visual Media3 Units
ARB 3102Special Topics in Arab Canadian Studies3 Units
ARB 3901Introduction to Arabic Literature3 Units
ARB 3902Special Topics in Arabic Literature3 Units
ARB 3921Directed Studies in Arabic3 Units
ARB 4903Special Topics in Arabic Culture3 Units
ARB 4904Practicum in Arabic3 Units
ARB 4911Advanced Arabic III3 Units
ARB 4912Advanced Arabic IV3 Units
HIS 2160History of the Middle East from World War I3 Units
PHI 2381Arab Philosophy3 Units
SRS 3315Islam3 Units