Middle Eastern Studies is a vibrant and growing discipline in the United States and around the world. Students wishing to enter this rich and varied discipline can begin with a major in Arabic Studies at Williams. The major is designed to give students a foundation in the Arabic language and to provide the opportunity for the interdisciplinary and multi–disciplinary study of the Arab, Islamic, and Middle Eastern arenas.
The major in Arabic Studies entails completion of nine courses, including these basic four courses: ARAB 101 and 102 Elementary Arabic, ARAB 201 Intermediate Arabic I, and ARAB 202 Intermediate Arabic II. The language sequence must be complemented with five courses in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies offered in affiliated departments. At least two of these courses should be from the areas of language and the arts (DIV I) and at least two from politics, religion, economics, and history (DIV II). Finally, at least two of these courses must be at an advanced level (300 or 400 level). For the full listing please see the current catalog.