The Arabic Flagship provides a rare opportunity for students to develop Superior-level Arabic ability in their professional area of expertise and graduate as Arabic second majors. After taking Arabic 101, 102, 201, and 202, and typically participating in the Jordan Intensive Arabic Study Abroad (see separate program flyer), students may apply to the advanced Flagship program. Upon returning to campus from Jordan, students take the Arabic debate course (ARAB 411R) that helps them to sharpen their speaking ability and a reading/writing course (ARAB 495R) that assists them in strengthening their ability in an area of professional interest. Students take nationally administered exams in January to qualify for the year-long Flagship Capstone experience in Morocco, which begins in June 2024 and includes two components: intensive instruction at the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco and an internship related to the student’s professional goals. In addition to acquiring a level of linguistic proficiency rarely achieved by undergraduates, participants who study in both the Jordan and Morocco programs gain deep understanding of the Arab East and West, which differ considerably. Flagship students are also given preference for Boren Scholarships, which gives one an inside track for federal government employment.
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