Carnegie Mellon students interested in studying Arabic language and culture now have the opportunity to earn a minor in Arabic Studies. While the Department of Modern Languages has offered courses in Arabic Studies since 2008, this is the first time that students have a chance to gain formal recognition for work completed in this area.
Mame-Fatou Niang, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, “is a passionate and charismatic teacher,” said Susan Polansky, head of the Department of Modern Languages.
Niang, who joined the department in 2012, studies cultural minorities in France, with a focus on French people of African and Muslim descent. Both inside and outside the classroom, Niang explores the question of what it means to be French today.
Twice a year the Department of Modern Languages publishes Polyglot, an online journal featuring articles, essays and other written works by undergraduate students taking language courses at Carnegie Mellon. The Fall 2016 edition includes 31 pieces in 4 languages and is now available online.
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