In this FIG, students will learn the basics of the Arabic language and the religion of Islam, in both historical and contemporary contexts. The connections course will discuss underlying themes relevant to both classes, and also make use of films from the Arab world to illustrate the Arabic language and representations of Arab Muslim identity in diverse contexts. The knowledge students will gain in this FIG will be useful for employment in such fields as development, journalism, non-government organization work, government, international business, and international law. Not only that, but this knowledge is key to a well-rounded liberal arts education, especially given the current political climate nationally and internationally.

College Connections Faculty: Hanan Elsherif and David Hollenberg (bio coming soon!)



Hanan Elsherif received her PhD in 2009 from Minia University. Her research critically analyzes the media coverage of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. She co-edited the translated, “Culturalization: A comparative literary criticism study of T.S. Eliot and S. Abdulsabour’s poetry” published by General Egyptian Book Organization in 2004. Her research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and translation and interpretation. She taught Arabic at the University of Utah from 2005-2007 and Texas A&M from 2007-2009. She was also a ESL instructor in Egypt for over ten years.

FIG Assistant: Sammy Bazant

Bio coming soon


Summer Assignment

Coming July 2018. Faculty and FAs are currently in the process of developing the FIG assignments.

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

Coming August 2018