French and Arabic

Building

The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual...
French House is a student-run housing co-operative in which French majors and others interested in French live together with the French Assistant in a French-speaking environment. The house receives the television station TV5 and Radio France Internationale, which provide...

External News

  Major Requirements A minimum of 32 credits (not including French 101, 102, and 103), with at least 20 credits in all and a minimum of three 300-level courses (12 credits) taken in the Department of French at Grinnell. Required: French 303, 304, or 305; 312 or 313; and a...

News Item

  Thomas Neil ’14 got his wish, spending the summer immersed in the Arabic language and Omani history and culture. As a guest of the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Education, Neil spent five days a week in immersive Arabic courses. His instructors included a Bedouin, who...
Jon Cohen ’14 describes the path he took to his independent major in Middle Eastern studies as a happy accident. When he arrived at Grinnell, Cohen knew he wanted to do something related to the social sciences and learn a new language. He took Arabic and tried out political...
Recent visitors include the following: Mabrouck Rachedi (French author of Algerian origin) Alain Geismar (French leader of 1968 strikes) Michel Wieviorka (French sociologist who studies violence, racism and antisemitism) Glenn Myrent (Film critic and author; taught a short...
  French scholar Jean Garapon comes to Grinnell to lead a three-week short course on Molière's first five-act play, L'Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives).   Garapon, who has published widely on French literature during the age of Louis XIV, will be guiding students through...

Group Info

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...