Arabic Language and Literature

Degree Type Coursework
Department Interdisciplinary
Academic Division The College
Offerings Coursework
The Arabic curriculum at W&L is designed to reflect the rich linguistic literary and cultural diversity of the Middle East. In the classroom we adopt a learner-centered approach that encourages students to actively engage with speaking, listening, reading, and writing Arabic.


Arabic at W&L adopts a communicative approach to language learning, training students in Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine vernacular simultaneously. In this globalized century, proficient students can pursue careers in diplomacy, education, business, law, interpretation/translation, journalism, intelligence and more. 

Arabic at W&L is housed in the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) Studies Program. Students may focus on Arabic language if they minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies with Language Emphasis (MESAL).

In addition to first-, second- and third-year Arabic, courses include Special Topics in Arabic Culture and Literature, as well as Directed Individual Study.

“Arabic at W&L has always challenged me but has kept me engaged every step of the way through diverse ways of learning and relevant content.”

Jonathan PezziClass of 2019

Seth Cantey

Program Head

Kerri Ritter

Administrative Assistant


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