About Us

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Welcome to The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies

Villanova University established the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies in 1983 in recognition of the critical importance of Arab and Islamic cultures, which have had a profound impact on the arts and sciences for centuries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Today, international politics and economics are deeply affected by the dynamics in the Arab and Islamic world. Government officials, members of Congress, corporations, banks, the media and researchers need specialized knowledge in order to comprehend the geostrategic, socioeconomic, religious and intellectual dimensions of the region.

AIS offers an interdisciplinary program that reflects the complexity of the Arab and Islamic world, offers a basic grounding in Arabic language, and provides a background for advanced professional studies, as well as careers in government or business in the field.

The Center's major and minor programs serve undergraduates who wish to add an Arab and Islamic dimension to their understanding of international issues and world cultures. The Center also offers events and programs to the broader university and surrounding community.

Please contact any of the faculty in the program for more information.  Applications for becoming a major or minor are available in SAC 277.

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Academic Program

The Major and Minor offered by the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies enable students to acquire a basic grounding in Arabic in addition to a wide range of interdisciplinary courses on the Arab and Islamic world that is of critical importance to our understanding of the contemporary world.

The study entails an interdisciplinary approach that reflect the complexity of the Arab and Islamic world and provides a background for advanced professional studies, as well as careers in government or business related to the Middle East. The program is open to students in all the colleges. Students are also welcome to enroll in individual courses.