Arabic Program

Fourth Floor, Stein Hall 
Phone: 508-793-3042
Fax: 508-793-3708

Program Coordinator: Ibrahim Abuserriah
Administrative Assistant: Carolyn Leeman 

The Arabic Program is housed in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.


The Arabic program offers students dynamic learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, and supports students interested in broadening their studies.

Middle Eastern Studies

Offered through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, students may pursue a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, which combines various disciplines such as political science, history, and religious studies.

Study Abroad

Study abroad opportunities give students the chance to improve their language proficiency and cultural awareness through full immersion in an Arabic speaking country. Holy Cross students can study Arabic in Jordan.

Foreign Language Assistants

In small group sessions, students studying Arabic have the opportunity to practice the language with an Arabic speaking foreign language assistant (FLA). The FLAs bring textbooks to life with interactive activities aimed at reinforcing classroom lessons, while simultaneously offering students a direct connection to the contemporary culture of the FLA’s native country.

After Graduation

Arabic is the primary language used for communication in the Middle East and is considered a “critical language” by United States government agencies. A knowledge of Arabic can further careers in law and diplomacy, business and trade, journalism, and education.