University of Mississippi
Dr Allen Clark, Director

 

Director's Welcome

It is our hope that our site offers answers about our program and inspires questions about how to learn and excel in Arabic.

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About our Program

Americans are currently learning Arabic for many reasons, among them to bridge the cultural and linguistic gap between these two civilizations, to negotiate for peace, or, in some cases, to collect intelligence.

The Arabic Language Program at the University of Mississippi works hand-in-hand with the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies to produce the most marketable graduate possible to ensure occupational security in the civilian and military sectors.

Where are they now?

Participants in our program have continued their success in various academic, government, and military capacities such as:

The Need for Arabic Specialists

The attacks on September 11th turned many people’s attention to the Middle East in general and the Arabic language in particular. Since 2002, Arabic has experienced and continues to experience the fastest growing enrollments among all languages taught in the United States.

2006 Ranking and Language

1998

2002

% Change 98-02

2006

% Change 02-06

1.

Spanish

656,590

746,267

+13.7%

822,985

+10.3%

2.

French

199,064

201,979

+1.5%

206,426

+2.2%

3.

German

89,020

91,100

+2.3%

94,264

+3.5%

4.

American Sign Language

11,420

60,781

+432.2%

78,829

+29.7%

5.

Italian

49,287

63,899

+29.6%

78,368

+22.6%

6.

Japanese

43,141

52,238

+21.1%

66,605

+27.5%

7.

Chinese

28,456

34,153

+20%

51,582

+51%

8.

Latin

26,145

29,841

+14.1%

32,191

+7.9%

9.

Russian

23,791

23,921

+0.5%

24,845

+3.9%

10.

Arabic

5,505

10,584

+92.3%

23,974

+126.5%


Source: Modern Language Association