Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Arabic Studies

Arab Language Students, Picture

Arabic language students meet with professor Abdalla.

Browse course samples and faculty profiles for Arabic Studies within our graduate programs.

Sample Courses in Arabic Studies

Arabic Speaking Countries
ARLA 8254

A study of the basic information related to the Arab world and Middle East. Students become familiar with general topics about the Arab region's geography, history, and culture through the use of authentic materials and communicative tasks.

Society and Culture in Arab Countries
ARLA 8305


Introduces students to Arab and Muslim culture and civilization focusing on contemporary periods. Students explore diversified works through which they understand the relevance of earlier periods to contemporary Middle East and Arabic social, cultural and aesthetic issues.
Understanding the Arab World
ARLA 8332


Explores various aspects of Arab societies including history, literature and culture. Students address issues related to the changes in these societies and the internal and external elements that influence the future of the new generations. Arab customs and traditions as well as Arab relations with other countries in the region will also be discussed.

Faculty of Arabic Studies

Associate Professor
IIRC Building 7

Arabic language, Arab culture and media, linguistics, second language acquisition, language culture and identity.

Assistant Professor, Summer Intensive Arabic Language Coordinator
IIRC Building 2

Pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam

McCone Building 235

Arabic language, Arabic culture