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 Franklin & Marshall start 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 and understanding the language.
An Area Studies minor in Middle Eastern Studies may be arranged in consultation with Professor Lisa Gasbarrone, Director of International Studies and Professor Lucie Knight, Director, Arabic Language Program.