What will I study in this field?

Starting with an intermediate background in Arabic, a wide range of graduate programs enable you to focus on Arabic Literature (Modern or Classical), Arabic Culture, the structure of Arabic, or teaching Arabic. You can focus primarily in Arabic, or do comparative study between Arabic and any other languages.

What do Arabic specialists do in the Army?

Most serve as Foreign Area Officers (Functional Area 48), serving as attachés, security assistance officers, staff advisors on military affairs and operations, and liaison officers to foreign militaries. Many will have the opportunity to teach Arabic at USMA.

What kinds of Master's Degree predominate in the field?

MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, MA in Arabic Language and Literature, MA in Middle Eastern Studies (with a focus in Arabic)

What kinds of professionals study in a typical Arabic program?

Most graduate students are studying toward a Ph.D. with the intent of teaching at the University level. Others may be studying for an MA, in order to serve with a government agency like the State Department or an Intelligence agency.

Top Arabic Programs for Army Officers:

  • Harvard University
  • Georgetown University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Arizona
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-8796 or (845)938-5943. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

Researching Potential Schools

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