Arabic at Bard

Arabic at Bard

Spoken by nearly 420 million people worldwide, Arabic is the official language in 26 countries. It is also spoken in various dialects in the Middle East, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and several Muslim countries. The Arabic Program at Bard College is housed within the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Foreign Languages, Cultures and Literature Program. It offers three years of instruction through which students gain a solid training in written and spoken Arabic. 

Arabic/ Middle Eastern Studies

Spoken by nearly 420 million people worldwide, Arabic is the official language in 26 countries. It is also spoken in various dialects in the Middle East, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and several Muslim countries. 

The Arabic Program at Bard College is housed within the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Foreign Languages, Cultures and Literature Program. It offers three years of instruction through which students gain a solid training in written and spoken Arabic. 

We welcome students of all levels. A student who has never studied Arabic before can enroll in Elementary Arabic beginning in the fall. Following two years of study many students spend a summer or a semester studying in one of numerous programs across the Arab world, from Morocco to Oman, from Beirut to Tunis. Bard is also the only American institution to have a partnership with an academic institution in the West Bank. Students can spend a summer or semester studying at our partner institution, Al-Quds Bard. By third year students are reading a range of cultural, academic, and journalistic material, working on translation projects and gaining increased exposure to music and film from the region.

Faculty

Elizabeth Holt (On leave Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
Dina Ramadan
Elizabeth Saylor
Faculty contact and profile information may be found here.

Sample Courses

Current Course List (click here)
Beginning Arabic
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Intermediate Arabic
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Advanced Arabic
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Additional Studies

Middle Eastern Studies Concentration

MES Website

The multidisciplinary concentration in Middle Eastern Studies (MES) promotes the intellectual exploration and the analytic study of the formation and evolution of the historical and contemporary Middle East spanning from North Africa to Afghanistan and from Central Asia to the Yemen.

The main objective of MES is to meet the academic and professional needs of students who are interested in the histories, societies, and politics of the Middle East. Regional issues include, but are not limited to, topics such as refugee affairs, human rights, politics of oil industries, authoritarian and religious governances, the rise of religious identity, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In MES, students will gain both disciplinary breadth and regional focus.