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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), the nucleus of the National Resource Center, is the only academic center in the United States focusing essentially on the Arab world—the region from Morocco to the Gulf. Since 1975, the Center has been providing, with great distinction, a variety of programs, including an active public affairs schedule, K-12 teacher outreach programs/workshops, publications, regional certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels, joint M.A./Ph.D. programs with the Arabic, Government and History departments and an interdisciplinary master’s program in Arab Studies. The Center's Washington, D.C. location provides access to government, the non-governmental policy-studies community, the media and business as well as academia. Attendance at its public events and applications to its distinguished Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program have more than doubled since 2001.


The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies produces highly proficient Arabic linguists, raises American consciousness about the Arab world and Islam and creates a more profound understanding of Arab culture and literature. Through intensive proficiency-based teaching of the Arabic language and culture at the Undergraduate level, and literature and linguistics at the Graduate level, the Department develops graduates who can take their place as scholars, linguists, diplomats, translators, interpreters, consultants and businesspeople. There is a critical shortage of Americans who can communicate competently at high levels of proficiency with the people of the Arab world. The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies works to improve the Arabic-speaking abilities of individuals associated with the government, business and research institutions.

The Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages, administratively housed within the Arabic Department, is responsible for language course offerings in Hebrew, Persian and Turkish.


The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), founded in 1993, is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. The focus of the Center, both national and international in scope, is achieved through teaching, symposia, international conferences and briefings. Through its master’s degree in Muslim-Christian relations and regional studies certificate at the Undergraduate level, ACMCU realizes its mission in training the next generation of leaders from the United States, the Arab and broader Muslim world, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In its role as a think tank for international exchange of scholars and ideas, the Center hosts a full complement of public events and a publications program aimed at providing both Georgetown and the greater Washington community with a resource on Islam and Muslim-Christian relations.


The Program for Jewish Civilization, based in Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, studies the myriad global dimensions of Judaism throughout the ages and especially in our own era, with a special emphasis on the ethical aspects of Jewish civilization and its interrelationship with other peoples and polities. This innovative focus on aspects of Judaism which expands on Jewish history and letters to include cultural, religious, political, philosophical and scientific accomplishments, is unique within the American academic context. The multifaceted character of the Center, in turn, fosters a rich array of activities including scholarship, academic courses, cultural programs and participation in campus and community dialogue. Its programs serve students of every religious and ethnic background.


Georgetown University offers a wide array of courses dealing with the culture, language, politics, and history of the Turkish/Ottoman region. Contributing to Turkish studies are noted faculty in the Division of Eastern Mediterranean LanguagesCenter for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, the Institute of Turkish Studies and the McGhee Center in Alanya, Turkey, as well as various courses and events sponsored by the School of Foreign Service and Georgetown College more generally. The Turkish language program, one of the largest in the nation and the only full-time academic program in the Washington area, offers three full levels of language instruction. The levels start with an intensive beginning class and end with advanced classes in media, literature, and research in primary sources.

Georgetown, since 1990, has operated the George McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies in Alanya, Turkey. This program is the first and only independent study program in Turkey. Students from Georgetown and other colleges and universities have spent one semester studying the language, history and culture of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean region.


CCAS and the Program for Jewish Civilization are part of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. SFS, founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C. and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education combining theory and practice and instills the values of service.