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Arab World Studies


The Arab World Studies Program is purposefully housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and is a founding member of the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative. These relationships allow us to offer a comprehensive view of the Arab world, taking into consideration the organization of everyday life, politics, literature, film, religion, gender dynamics, and history of the region as topics of interest in their own right.

Arab World Studies draws from a wide spectrum of experts and courses across the University, affording students the opportunity to learn with both breadth and depth. We benefit from the expertise on the region available across AU's campus starting with CAS, but also including relationships with faculty from the School of International Service, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Communications, and the Kogod School of Business.

Our program offers both an undergraduate BA in Arab World Studies and a Minor. The major was established under the directorship of Dr. Randa Serhan (Sociology) in 2013, who created the comprehensive curriculum of the program. Now overseen by Dr. Martyn Oliver (Philosophy and Religion), the Arab World Studies program continues to encourage interdisciplinary work, including Arabic language acquisition and study abroad opportunities.

We invite you to learn with us about the diverse and dynamic Arab world in a spirit of collegiality and generous inquiry.