ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Arabic Studies at Goucher?

Goucher offers innovative classes that introduce Arab cultures and thought, including a three-week intensive course (ICA) in the city of Nazareth every other year with a focus on Arabic films and language. Arabic language courses are student-centered, and all language classes are taught by a native speaker. The Arabic curriculum is always being rewritten with significant input from Arabic students.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The mission of the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Culture is twofold: to strengthen the liberal arts undergraduate curriculum at Goucher College by providing language programs of broad scope and high quality; and to engage students in the study of compelling transnational issues through the study of the cultural texts produced by other countries.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Students with a minor in Arabic studies must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits at the 200- and 300-levels, with at least one course at the 300-level, and one Goucher-sponsored study-abroad program (ICA or a semester abroad) to ensure the experiential component of Arabic studies. Literature courses continue to develop language skills. Culture and civilization courses explore social, political, and intellectual and cultural developments. Our faculty is international and interdisciplinary in its research and teaching, offering courses in areas as diverse as film, literature, culture, anthropology, theater, folklore, socio-linguistics, and ecology.

Course Curriculum


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Arabic Studies Minor: Zahi Khamis

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Zahi Khamis, Professor of practice in Arabic


Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing 3-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher language students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. 

Although Goucher currently does not offer any Arabic language programs abroad, students are welcome to select a program of their choosing to fulfill their study abroad requirement. (All programs must be approved by the college.) Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Internship Program

Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, language faculty consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic advisers.