Minor in Arabic

This program is ideal for students considering careers in international business, government service, teaching or other professions where foreign language proficiency is important. Students who place out of one or more of the Arabic language courses may replace those requirements with independent study or electives as approved by the Arabic faculty advisor. Electives must focus exclusively on Arab literature, film, history or culture.

Courses in literature, film and popular culture — all given in translation — invite students from any major to develop familiarity with the cultures of the Middle East. We strongly encourage our students to study for a semester or more in countries where Arabic is the main language of communication.

Academic Offerings

Barbara Thornbury
336 Anderson Hall

Program Director:
Gordon Witty
340 Anderson Hall

Michelle Xu
429 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-5628

Stephanie Smith
539 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-1760


From lectures, to film screenings, to networking opportunities with some of the region's biggest employers, events at the College of Liberal Arts are designed to support your life's work.