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Jordan: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies (ACM)


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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From Greek and Roman times up to the present, Jordan has been a crossroads, where multiple civilizations and cultures of Europe, Asia and the Middle East meet. Jordan's diverse past is reflected in the city of Amman, where a Roman theatre is the most visible legacy of its existence as part of the Roman Empire and a citadel on Amman's highest hill recalls its medieval past under the Umayyads. Amman today is a cosmopolitan city in a country deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

The fall semester program in Jordan is offered in cooperation with AMIDEAST, a leading American non-profit organization focused on international education. Students study the area's language, culture, history, and politics. The program is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan's experience during the Arab Spring, and much more.

The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation. Students may choose classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion and sociology.

Students take a course in Arabic, two elective courses (taught in English), and complete an independent study project while living with a Jordanian family and participating in excursions and cultural activities organized by AMIDEAST. Rosetta Stone for Arabic is available in the Burkhardt Language Center.

Fall Semester: 4.5 credits. A spring semester version of this program is available directly through AMIDEAST.

Program advisor: Professor Katherine Adelsberger. 

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