Modern Standard Arabic introduces students to the form of the language that is spoken and understood throughout the Arab world. It promotes a level of literacy which will give students access to the vast heritage of ancient and modern literature, scholarly work, and the media. It is a foundation that will enable advanced students to learn one or more of the dialects that comprise colloquial Arabic (Levantine, Iraqi, Arabian, Egyptian and North African).
The curriculum includes a component which will acquaint students with the geography, political systems, cultures and religious heterogeneity (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish) of the Arab world. Special attention will be given to the 21 Arab countries which are members of the Arab League of Nations.