Arabic is a rich and varied language spoken in over two dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Arabic Program at Arabic Franklin & Marshall focuses on developing students’ communication skills in both spoken dialects and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) used in more formal contexts. Students begin reading and writing in Arabic during their first semester of study and continue to improve these skills along with their speaking and listening abilities throughout the Intermediate and Advanced level courses. Courses at all levels regularly integrate authentic materials and technology in order to introduce students to the history, politics, and culture of the Arab world.
An Area Studies minor in Middle Eastern Studies may be arranged in consultation with Professor Christine Kalleeny, Director, Arabic Language Program, or Professor Kim Armstrong, Provost Designee for Arabic, and with the permission of Professor Lisa Gasbarrone, Director of International Studies. Students interested in a joint major with another program should contact Professor Armstrong.