The growing influence of Arabic culture world wide demands increased levels of awareness and understanding among educated people.
In response, Franklin & Marshall is pleased to offer students the opportunity to learn Arabic-a thriving language whose speakers span from Morocco to Abu Dhabi, from Iraq to Yemen, from Syria to Saudia Arabia. Arabic language courses are offered through the International Studies Program.
Arabic is the language of some two dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a rich and varied language, with a multitude of dialects used in oral communication and a common variety, usually known as Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), used in formal situations and in most written contexts.
Arabic students at F&M begin with introductory courses in the language where they will begin reading and writing the Arabic script. Students will progress to study vocabulary and grammatical structures and then develop their skills in speaking the language and understanding it when spoken to them.
Similar to other language programs at F&M, students in the Arabic Program have close contact with faculty members in small classes.