Arabic Studies Learning Community

Professor Muhammad Masud gives talk about Indoctrination in Egyptian Children's Literature in the Chu Room, Shain Library

The Arabic studies program has built a rigorous learning community composed of faculty, tutors and a wide range of activities designed to involve students in the language and culture of the Arab world.

As part of the program’s learning community, students form study groups, work with language tutors, practice with senior classmates and learn from faculty who are invested in student success. Learning Arabic might seem daunting at the beginning, but the rich resources within the Arabic program’s learning community will ensure you never face this challenge by yourself.

The program works with the College’s Academic Resource Center (ARC) to nominate and train advanced students of Arabic as tutors to incoming students. Each semester, a number of excited and energetic Arabic students will be ready to help you meet the challenges of learning a new language.

In the academic year 2013-2014, the Arabic studies program welcomes its first Fulbright Teaching Assistant.  AbdelKader Allam, an Algerian native, enjoys working with students to improve their language skills and learn about Arabic culture.

Here are some more examples of opportunities to get involved in the Arabic learning community on campus:

  • Knowlton language table: Students of Arabic, the Arabic Fulbright Assistant and the Arabic tutors speak Arabic over lunch in Knowlton dining Hall
  • Arabic movie nights
  • Arabic dinner and music: An annual event open to the whole campus community, it highlights Arabic culture and music with delicious Arabic food cooked by the dining hall staff.

Connecticut College Arabic Studies students in NYCArabic Studies students visit the Metropolitan Museum in New York: from left: John Daniels '14, Professor Muhammad Masud, Zachary Balomenos '14, Max Nichols '14, Molly Vatis '14 and Professor Waed Athamneh 

Arabic Studies Contact Information:


Phone: 860-439-2052

Email Waed Athamneh


Arabic Studies Program
Connecticut College
Box 5265
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196


Arabic Studies Fact Sheet (pdf)