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The MENA program currently offers First Year Arabic, and will be offering Second Year Arabic in the 2016-2017 academic year. The first year course meets five days a week and the second year course will meet three days a week. These courses will be available to the general public and to students at other local and regional campuses as well as to Wofford students, providing a resource for the community at-large. Wofford students will have opportunities to study and to conduct internships in the Arab World through Wofford’s foreign study service providers which include the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE), the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) and the School for International Training (SIT). See The Office of International Programs for more information.

Arabic has been termed a critical language by the US Government, and opens a wide range of educational and employment possibilities for its students. At Wofford, we employ a communicative approach in our Arabic language pedagogy, and teach our students both formal Modern Standard Arabic, which is used in literature and media, as well as the shami dialect, which is widely understood through out the Arab World, and spoken mainly in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine.


Jedidiah Anderson graduated with a BA in Japanese and Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. He then served as an Arabic Linguist in the US Army from 2003 to 2007, and worked as an interpreter in Iraq. After serving in the Army, he earned his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University – Bloomington. He has taught Arabic at the University of Alaska – Tanana Valley Campus and at IU before coming to Wofford.

Courses Offered:

ARBC 101 First Year Arabic (Dr. Jed Anderson)
ARBC 102 First Year Arabic (Dr. Jed Anderson)
ARBC 280 Intermediate Active Arabic (Dr. Jed Anderson)
ARBC 281 Intermediate Active Arabic (Dr. Jed Anderson)