Bassam Frangieh serves as the head of the Arabic program at Claremont McKenna College’s (CMC) Modern Languages and Literature Department. He is well liked by students in the program, who voted him as the most effective teacher. For this honor, Bassam Frangieh received the 2010 Glenn R. Huntoon Teaching Award.
Professor Frangieh was the natural choice to lead CMC’s Arabic Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Arabic Language and Literature from Georgetown University’s School of Languages and Linguistics. He served as Senior Lector of Arabic at Yale University for 14 years and directed Yale’s Modern Arabic Language Program for two years. Professor Frangieh is also an esteemed translator of multiple classic Arabic works into English.
Students in CMC’s Arabic program can take beginning through advanced-level courses, including language, literature, and English translation. Language courses focus on reading, speaking, and writing. Advanced level courses include Readings in Modern Arab Culture and Thought, as well as Modern Arabic Poetry in Translation. In these classes, students can gain more insight into Arabic culture by reading the works of well-known and influential poets and writers. Students can also participate in cultural activities that Professor Frangieh hosts. The professor is also piloting a summer study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, for students.
The Arabic program also offers a major in Middle Eastern studies, which delves into cultural constructs. Students in the program also pursue in-depth studies in literature such as novels, poetry, and prose.