Welcome to CCAS

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is the only academic center in the United States focusing exclusively on the Arab world, and it has been doing so with distinction since 1975.

The Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of the region.

CCAS hosts a rich calendar of public lectures, film screenings, and cultural events.

CCAS provides workshops, curriculum support, and other resources on the MENA for K-14 educators.


banner for video contest

MAAS Students Win Immigration Video Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the Exodus Institute “Welcoming Immigrants to America” video contest, including MAAS students Nour Laswi (1st place) and Saúl Ulloa (Runner Up)!

Hannah Beswick

Q&A with Hannah Beswick (MAAS ’14)

Hannah Beswick graduated from CCAS in 2014 with an M.A. in Arab Studies. She currently works as the Partnerships Development Specialist at the UN Women Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.