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MELSI addresses a dire need in higher education in this country:  instruction in understudied languages which include some of the most commonly spoken languages in the world today (for example, Arabic is the 5th most common).


The languages of the Middle East are typologically diverse, belonging to two different language families (Semitic and Indo-European), and they represent some of the most ancient and fascinating cultures.

These are also languages deemed “critical” by the US government, spoken in an area of vital importance in the world  today. However, very few universities offer instruction in these languages.

This summer, students can choose to study from among the following languages spoken in the Middle East. All the classes are going to be offered online.


ARB 101

ARB 101 - Intensive Elementary Arabic
6 credits
Summer Session 1 (5/24/2021 - 7/3/2021)
MTuWTh 1:30-4:55   online
Instructor: O. Lbdessi

ARB 201

ARB 201 - Intensive Intermediate Arabic
6 credits
Summer Session 1 (5/24/2021 - 7/3/2021)
MTuWTh 1:30PM - 4:55PM   online

Instructor: Dr. H. Ahyad

HBW 101

HBW 101 - Intensive Elementary Hebrew
6 credits
Summer Session 2 (7/5/2021 - 8/14/2021) MoTuWeTh 1:30PM - 4:55PM   online
Instructor: N. Rikman