Arabic is a global and complex language, and its study at Stanford reaches from contemporary spoken word to classical prose and poetry. The primary place for Arabic study is the Language Center, where the Arabic language is taught in all its forms from beginning to advanced levels.
Students interested in undergraduate study should start with the Arabic Track of the Minor in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELLAC). This combines ARABLANG classes in the Language Center, coordinated by Dr. Khalid Obeid, with COMPLIT courses that deal with Arabic poetry and prose. The Faculty Director of MELLAC is Professor Key and his office hours can be booked here.
A substantial number of other people at Stanford teach on the Arabic world without requiring the Arabic language. These include Professor Ali Yaycioglu in the Department of History and Professor Lisa Blaydes in the Department of Political Science. There are also several programs and centers that include research on the Arabic-speaking world, primarily the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy within the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.