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Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture

This certificate is constructed for individuals who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any field and are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture. This certificate will prepare students for working in global business companies, the U.S. Department of State and other governmental or diplomatic positions, research centers, etc. in the future.

The student and the Coordinator will plan the individual course of study, which requires 17 semester hours. Students must declare their intention to be awarded the certificate by notifying the Coordinator at least one full semester prior to graduation. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. A grade of "C" or higher must be attained in each course. A minimum of 9 hours must be completed at the University of South Florida. In case of study abroad programs, exceptions can be made.

To receive an application and for more information, contact Salwa Amer, Coordinator of the Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture, at

For additional assistance you can also contact Andrew Bird, Undergraduate Advisor, at


The courses listed below meet the requirements for the certificate. Courses not listed below may be included in the program if approved by the Coordinator.

Certificate Requirements: 17 semester hours

Core Information

Students must complete the following two courses before applying for the certificate program:

Core Courses - 11 Hours

Elective Courses - 6 Hours

Student choose two courses from the following list of electives: