The Department traces its beginnings to 1962, the year in which the University of Jordan was established. The first department to be established, the Department of Arabic Language and Literature has also been the first department of the University of Jordan to offer a Ph.D. Program. Its staff includes professors Emeritus, former heads of departments & deans as well as competent associate and assistant professors. Indeed, a good number of its members (four in all) have made it to the top, becoming presidents of the University and others head high-ranking institutions in the country. It also has a few M.A. and Ph.D students studying abroad.
All staff members are highly qualified, holding their Ph.D. degrees from Arab, European and American universities, thus achieving a great degree of diversity and integration. The curr