Arabic language and culture predates Greek and Roman languages and cultures by more than a millennium and offers insight into humanities's earliest attempts to make land arable, to develop a written language, and to establish political domains.

Elementary and Intermediate Arabic can serve as preparation for the Middle Eastern Studies major or minor under the auspices of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Study Abroad options depend on students' particular interests; contact the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the director of the the Office of Study Abroad.