French and Arabic Department

Grinnell’s intensive programs in French and Arabic will give you both the linguistic and cultural competency necessary in today’s global world. Our diverse courses, visiting international artists and scholars, and study-abroad opportunities enable you to explore the complexities of French- and Arabic-speaking countries. The close study of literature, cinema, history, and popular culture also provide you with the skills to pursue careers in fields such as education, business, diplomacy, and the non-profit sector.


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  • Arabic Table
    Rosenfield Center 224C - White Dining Room
    Mon Dec 22
    12 p.m
  • French Table
    Rosenfield Center 224B - Livermore Dining Room
    Fri Dec 26
    12 p.m