Certificate in Languages and Cultures of North Africa


Note: We are currently not offering the Certificate in Languages and Cultures of North Africa Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semesters.

Program Director:
Pascale Bécel, Chair, Department of Modern Languages - becelp@fiu.edu

Certificate Description: The Certificate in Languages and Cultures of North Africa provides students with a broad knowledge, giving them cultural keys for a better understanding of the Arab World in its global interactions. One cannot really understand a culture without being exposed to the languages that are shaping it and one cannot really understand the political dynamics of Arab societies without knowing their cultural foundations. An expertise in Arabic language and/or French is the cornerstone of the certificate. It is designed with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective, taking into account the complex dynamics between North Africa and the Arab diaspora in Europe and in the US. With a particular emphasis on languages and culture, the certificate exposes students to North Africa through history, political science, gender studies, diaspora studies, literature and cinema.

The program is only available to degree-seeking students.

Required credits: The Certificate in Languages and Cultures of North Africa requires a total of 21 credits (for students with no prior knowledge of the selected language) or a minimum of 18 credits (for students with prior knowledge of the selected language) and includes the following:

a) Core Language Requirement: Four semester sequence of language: (12 credits maximum to count toward the Certificate). If students test out of some portion of this requirement, then they must complete additional credits as approved by the Certificate Director.

ARA 1130Arabic I
ARA 1131Arabic II
ARA 2200Intermediate Arabic
ARA 2240Intermediate Arabic Conversation


FRE 1130French I
FRE 1131French II
FRE 2200Intermediate French
FRE 2241Intermediate French Conversation

b) Additional Core Requirements: (6 credits)

ABT 3502Arab Literatures and Cultures in Global Perspective -GL
ABT 3503Arabic Language and Culture

c) Elective Courses: (3 credits)

INR 4082Islam in International Relations
Other options may be accepted with approval of Program Director.