Middle East Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Arabic Spring 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ARAB

ARAB 101: Introduction to the Arabic Language (3 Credits)

Introduction to Arabic language, dialects, countries, and culture. Beginning modern standard and classical Arabic, with emphasis on the written language, script and phonology. Basic grammar covering gender, numbers, cases, prepositions, nominal sentences, and basic conversation and greetings.

ARAB 102: Introduction to the Arabic Language (3 Credits)

Introduction to developing reading skills in formal settings. Emphasizes modern standard Arabic in oral communication. Beginning grammar level focuses on verbal sentences, present tenses, questions, and compound nouns.

ARAB 110: Elementary Arabic (6 Credits)

Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading.

200-Level Courses in ARAB

ARAB 201: Intermediate Arabic I (3 Credits)

Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Advanced level of vocabulary. Grammar covers past tenses, subordinated conjunctions, and introduction to passive voice.

ARAB 202: Intermediate Arabic II (3 Credits)

Emphasis on application of language skills to reading, composition, and discussion. Focuses on language structure, format of developing vocabulary from verbs, covering different derivations, and language patterns. Leads to learning the use of Arabic dictionary in depth. Grammar covers passive voice and verbal nouns.

ARAB 210: Intermediate Arabic (3 Credits)

Continuation of the development of basic components of the language, with focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to the cultures and histories of Arabic-speaking regions.

ARAB 250: Gateway to Advanced Arabic (3 Credits)

Integration of advanced intermediate-level Arabic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and the development of critical thinking and understanding authentic texts from the Arabic world.

300-Level Courses in ARAB

ARAB 325: Major Arab Writers/Stories (3 Credits)

Studies works of major Arab writers or collections such as The Arabian Nights.

ARAB 330: Reading and Conversation I (3 Credits)

Development of conversational fluency and reading skills in modern standard Arabic through class discussion, reports, and presentations. Includes readings from newspapers, journals, magazines, web sites, literary works, and other sources.

ARAB 331: Reading and Conversation II (3 Credits)

Continuation of ARAB 330.

ARAB 350: Media Arabic I (Written Media) (3 Credits)

Develops advanced reading skills through work with current written media in Arabic.

ARAB 351: Media Arabic II (Spoken Media) (3 Credits)

Develops advanced listening and speaking skills through work with current broadcasts in Arabic TV and Radio.

ARAB 360: Topics in Arabic Cultural Production (3 Credits)

Focuses on major trends and issues in modern Arabic cultural production. In addition to material from the Middle East and North Africa, the course surveys works of art, cinema, media, and literature from across the global Arabic diaspora.

ARAB 375: Study Abroad - Arab World (1-6 Credits)

Designated study abroad programs in the Arab world.

ARAB 380: Arabic Dialects (3 Credits)

Study of the structure of one Arabic dialect with comparison to Modern Standard Arabic and the classical Fus-ha. Includes study of literature, proverbs, and culture associated with that dialect.

ARAB 390: Translation Methods: Arabic to English (3 Credits)

Provides students with essential tools and techniques to translate Arabic texts to English. Includes practice applying these techniques to a variety of documents including literary, media, and legal texts.

400-Level Courses in ARAB

ARAB 420: Survey of Arabic Literature (3 Credits)

A survey of Arabic literature from its genesis to the present day.

ARAB 430: Advanced Arabic Grammar (3 Credits)

Introduction to traditional Arabic grammar. Covers parts of speech, sentence structure, case marking, and verb structure. Combines traditional with modern approaches to Arabic grammar and includes practical drills.

ARAB 440: Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (3 Credits)

Survey of the religious and intellectual heritage of the Arab world.

ARAB 498: Independent Study (1-6 Credits)

Designated independent study in the United States or abroad under the direction of a full-time faculty member.

Topics in ARAB

ARAB 325: Major Arab Writers/Stories (3 Credits)

Studies works of major Arab writers or collections such as The Arabian Nights.

ARAB 380: Arabic Dialects (3 Credits)

Study of the structure of one Arabic dialect with comparison to Modern Standard Arabic and the classical Fus-ha. Includes study of literature, proverbs, and culture associated with that dialect.