Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies (B.A.)

  • Certificate
  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

With a focus on history, culture, language and political thought, the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major is a unique multidisciplinary program.

Program Overview

Students interested in politics, human rights, international affairs, culture, literature and languagesand who wish to explore the Middle East through diverse perspectivesshould consider this academic program.

The program's primary focus is to prepare students to lead the world of tomorrow through the political and cultural tensions of today. Under the expert guidance of faculty from various disciplines, you will graduate with a well-rounded and excellent knowledge of all aspects of the Middle East region.

The study of Arabic is essential to this field. You will be equipped with advanced knowledge of the language to qualify for further study at The American University in Cairo.

Given our proximity to Washington, D.C., many students find internships at various associations, centers and organizations dedicated to Middle Eastern studies. If you are interested in issues involving the Middle East, consider working in local outreach programs.

The Arabic and Middle Eastern studies program sponsors many on-campus events. We invite renowned writers, activists, policymakers and film critics to enhance the knowledge and experience of the students in the program.

A number of grants are available for students who intend to undertake research projects in the Middle East. You have the opportunity to study one year or one semester at The American University in Cairo, the foremost institution in the Middle East for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. You will be prepared to work at international, governmental and private organizations dealing with the region or to continue graduate studies in the field.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor

Department Offering

Program Contact

Professor of French & Arabic


Point of Pride

Our faculty have been chosen by the Modern Language Association as a "model of excellence" in foreign language teaching.

All Faculty

Donald Wright

  • Professor of French and Arabic
  • Director of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Raquel Zarzuelo García-Parada

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