What Can I Do With a Major In Arabic?
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Arabic is a Semitic language akin to Hebrew, Aramaic, and Amharic, and more distantly related to certain language families of North Africa. Studying Arabic has many benefits. Arabic is a beautiful language with a rich heritage of literature, scholarly work and ancient culture. It was adopted by the United Nations as one of its six official languages in 1974. Students become familiar with many of the cultural patterns, social issues, historical events, artistic traditions, and elements of daily life of the people whose cultures are rooted in Arabic. Practical as well as curious about the world, students feel that knowing Arabic will give them a career edge in such fields as diplomacy, intelligence, business, engineering, international development, and academia. Many companies in the United States and abroad are looking for employees who speak more than one language.
Students who major in a specific language are well-equipped to enter a variety of fields and to continue their education through professional or graduate school. The skills acquired as a language major are increasingly useful in our interdependent world, and some languages are currently in particular demand. Arabic speakers are particularly needed in areas of government, international relations, and national security.<! -- end major description -->
Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Arabic*
** Includes Self-Employed
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
The study of languages develops a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.
- Cross-cultural communication
- Expressing & understanding multiple viewpoints
- Presenting information logically
- Reading critically
- Writing effectively
- Linguistic sophistication
- Understanding cultural differences
- Sensitivity to cultural issues
- Flexibility in thinking and learning
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Appreciation of cultural history, literature, politics, music, and more
- Thinking collaboratively
- Analyzing information, cultures, and complex problems
- Comparing & contrasting interpretations
- Offering diverse perspectives
- Assessing cultural differences
- Synthesizing themes
- Research skills
- Assessing needs
- Defining problems
- Understanding alternative perspectives
- Gathering information from a variety of sources
- Weighing alternatives
- Generating creative solutions
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- U.S. State Department
- Government agencies (e.g. National Security Agency)
- Embassy (U.S. & foreign)
- Museums (e.g. Smithsonian Institutions)
- Educational Programs (e.g. Summerbridge)
- Consulting firms (e.g. Social Technologies)
- Media (e.g. ABC Nightline, Dateline NBC)
(source: Georgetown University - What Can I do with my Language Major?)
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Additional Career Research Resources
- My Next Move - Powered by O*NET
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides
- Candid Career - View professionals speaking about their careers
- GoinGlobal - International (to access, login with your MyID and password)
- Idealist - Nonprofit
- USAJOBS - Federal
- Arabic Summer Language Institute at Georgetown University and University of Maryland
- American Association for Teachers of Arabic
- Center for International Policy
- Council on Foreign Relations
- American Association of Language Specialists
- Modern Lanugage Association
- American Translators Association
- National Association for Bilingual Education
Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2021 Arabic majors
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2021 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2021 Arabic majors
The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
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