University of Mississippi
 

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 Croft Institute for International Studies and 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.

2013 Ranking and Language
2006
2009
% Change 06-09
2013
% Change 09-13

1.

Spanish

822,094

861,008

+4.7%

790,756

-8.2%

2.

French

206,014

215,244

+4.5%

197,757

-8.1%

3.

American Sign Language

79,708

92,072

+15.5%

109,577

+19%

4.

German

94,147

95,628

+1.6%

86,700

-9.3%

5.

Italian

78,176

80,322

+2.7%

71,285

-11.3%

6.

Japanese

65,403

72,359

+10.6%

66,740

-7.8%

7.

Chinese

51,381

59,876

+16.5%

61,055

+2.0%

8.

Arabic

23,987

34,908

+45.5%

32,286

-7.5%

9.

Latin

32,164

32,444

+0.9%

27,192

-17.9%

10.

Russian

24,770

26,753

+8.0%

21,962

-16.2%


Source: Modern Language Association