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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Morocco Regional Area Study

Semester: Spring
Date: Mid-January to mid-April
Offered: Every other academic year (odd years)
Program Focus: Country Study


Arabic 101, with a 3.0 minimum GPA in the course.                                  
Spring 2017
Program Leader:

Joann Geddes
Director of Academic English Studies
Ext. 7318

Spring 2015
Program Leader:

Pauls Toutonghi
Assistant Professor of English
Ext. 7404

Program Design:
This program focuses on the history, culture, social dynamics, and socio-economic institutions of Morocco. The course of study includes Modern Standard Arabic (prior to departure) and intensive Moroccan Arabic, as well as the diverse religious heritage of the region, Morocco’s distinctive architecture and urban landscape, colonial and post-colonial experiences, modernization and globalization, and women and gender relations. The program is located in Marrakesh and Fez with excursions other cities and to rural southern Morocco for field study. Students will live with host families.

Read about what Morocco Program Students have done!

Requirements Fulfilled:
IS coursework fulfills the two-course International Studies Gen. Ed. Requirement

4 courses per semester/16 credits, plus 4 credits for Arabic 101 (taken Fall semester 2016)


FL 102 Moroccan Arabic:
This course provides an intensive introduction to Darija, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. Four weeks intensive study followed by continued study at regular intensity. Initial focus on “survival” language skills to be followed by broader study of the language. Emphasis on speaking skills, supplemented by use of written Arabic.

IS 240 North African Social Movements:
This course explores the history and dynamics of various movements for social change in North Africa and the Middle East. We will survey a variety of such movements in and beyond Morocco, including patterns of both violent and non-violent political protest, international networks of social activism, and recent developments collectively labeled the “Arab Spring.” In addition to concerns for political liberalization and socio-economic justice, we will examine cultural expressions of dissent, and special attention will be paid to the role of ethnic and religious minority groups in such movements.

IS 241 Moroccan Modernity:
This course explores Moroccan society, culture and politics in contemporary global context. Lectures, discussions, and field trips will be led by a variety of Moroccan experts, supplemented by regular discussions with program leader. Emphasis will be placed on Morocco’s vibrant participation in the dynamics of post-colonial state formation, modernization, and globalization—and the ambivalent effects of this participation. Also includes exploration of the literary, visual, and musical arts and the religious communities of modern Morocco. Students will be encouraged to connect classroom activities to their ongoing experiences of living in Morocco. Reading and writing assignments, journals, presentations, independent study projects, and field exercises are used to promote and test multifaceted approaches to learning.

IS 242 Gender and Society in Morocco:
This course examines the multifaceted relationships between women and men in Moroccan society. Beyond considering how gender formation and relations have been mediated by historically dynamic Islamic ideologies and institutions, the course attends to numerous other factors that have shaped gender identity, performance, and hierarchy. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which gender intersects with other structures of identity formation and social life, such as ethnicity, class, and religion. Topics include: doctrinal norms and lived realities, language and gender, models of masculinity, Moroccan feminism and women’s rights, gender and international migration.


More information regarding travel and program preparation here. 


Blog Feed: Morocco

  • May 5, 2015 at 2:24pm
    It’s the second to last to prayer of the day, and the moon is clear in a cloudless, gray-tinted sky. I am standing on the rooftop of a road. The air is cold and motionless. Off to my left, smoke is rising from the dinner prep downstairs. The windless air doesn’t (soak) up the scent […]
  • April 26, 2015 at 11:56am
    For five days, Troyes had sun and even a little heat.  Then, yesterday, it started to rain, and it’s been off and on ever since. In 48 hours, I will be in the middle of my trans-Atlantic flight back to the US.  Sometimes in Morocco, to pass the time, Ryan and I talked about what […]
  • April 20, 2015 at 6:33am
    Officially, the Spring 2015 Lewis & Clark Study Abroad Program to Morocco is over.  We’ve turned in all of our papers and have gone our separate ways.  As I write this, I am sitting in an apartment in Troyes, France, where I’ll be for the next nine days. In the past five days, I’ve spent […]
  • April 13, 2015 at 2:59pm
    The following is my final essay that I turned in for Dr. Ennaji’s class on Moroccan Social Movements. The literature surrounding Moroccan Independence and Colonialism spreads over multiple formats, genres, and, most importantly, languages.  The legacy of French Colonialism has been recorded by both Western and Moroccan voices, with different opinions regarding the outcome.  This […]
  • April 12, 2015 at 4:38am
    Over the weekend, our group faced a minor issue: our passport stamps that we received when we entered the country were only good for 80 days, and thus wouldn’t last for the remainder of the trip.  To resolve this, we had to leave the country and return to get a new stamp that would be […]
  • April 11, 2015 at 11:54am
    The following is the essay I wrote for my class with Dr. Fatima Sadiqi on gender issues in Morocco: From the first day of this class, we have greatly discussed the Moroccan-patriarchy as a space-based patriarchy.  In this model, patriarchy exerts its control through dictating appropriate places for men and women to be and act.  […]
  • April 5, 2015 at 2:48am
    This is going to be a short post.  For all the students here, life has focused in on writing essays while still finding ways to see the last bits of the city that we can.  We have three major projects due– a research paper on gender for Dr. Sadiqi, a research paper on social movements […]
  • March 30, 2015 at 6:31am
    Our group went to Cetua this weekend, a Spanish enclave on the Northern Coast.  We spent one night so that we could renew our visas the next morning.  When Ryan and I woke up in our hotel room, things got confusing quickly.  Both of our Moroccan throw-away phones told us that it was 6:15 in […]
  • March 22, 2015 at 4:12pm
    Today, March 22nd, is my father’s birthday.  I spent the weekend driving from Fez to Sidi Ifni with Pauls, Karissa, Emma, Ryan, and Sam for the opening of Dar Si Hmad’s fog water system.  We spent Friday driving down, making a stop in Marrakech to visit the CLC and all the old faces, before arriving […]
  • March 15, 2015 at 3:49pm
    Morocco is only the second outside of the US that I have been to, the other being China.  Early on in the trip, I decided that a life goal of mine would be to have a chess board from every country I spend time in.  I already had one from the US and from China, […]


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