The Dept. of Arabic Language and Literature was founded in the Faculty of Arts when Yarmouk University was established in 1976. The first batch of the undergraduates graduated in 1980. In February 1981, the graduate studies program for the M.A level was introduced including two main majors: Literature and Literary Criticism and Linguistics. Since 1983, hundreds of dissertation have been defended. In 1991, the graduate studies program expanded with the introduction of the doctoral program in literature and criticism and the first Ph.D. thesis was defended in August, 1997. The Ph.D in Linguistics and Ph.D in Applied Linguistics were introduced in 1998. Motivated by the strong relationships which the Dept. has established with similar departments in other Arab and foreign universities, The Dept. of Arabic language and Literature signed a treaties of cooperation between Yarmouk University and high institutes in Malasia. The first conference organized by the Dept. on literary criticism was held in the period between 20- 23 July 1987 and since then this conference has been held biannually.
The faculty members show enthusiasm to participating with research papers in conferences, symposiums and seminars held nationally and internationally. The faculty members also show excellence in teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate students in fields of literature, criticism, syntax, morphology and applied linguistics.
Making the Dept. a leading distinguished model nationally and regionally; helping in providing academic programmes and conducting academic research in the sciences of the Arabic language and literature; producing skillful and competent graduates to the job market.
To provide high-quality education in the Arabic language and literature, conduct academic research, maintain community service through a comprehensive educational process and produce competent and professional graduates exhibiting our ethical and moral values to contribute to our community and meet its human and developmental needs.