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Courses Offered
Arabic Language

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the home department and can be subject to change.

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.  

101. Beginning Arabic I. (NW) Every Fall 

In this introductory course, students develop their oral communication skills in both colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic while learning how to read and write Arabic. By the end of the semester students will be able to use appropriate greetings and traditional expressions, introduce themselves and talk about their family and studies. For students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Staff

102. Beginning Arabic II. (NW) Every Spring

This course is a continued introduction to the Arabic language in a cultural context, with an emphasis on expanding students’ vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Students learn how to speak in the past and future tenses in addition to developing an understanding of the root and pattern system. Prerequisite: ARB 101 (formerly ARB 171) or placement by director of Arabic Program instructor. Staff

201. Intermediate Arabic I. (NW) (LS) Every Fall

The second year Arabic course continues to build on the skills and materials presented in Beginning Arabic II. It takes a four-skills approach with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. During the semester, students continue to expand their knowledge of grammatical concepts and vocabulary in order to be able to speak, write and read about more complex political, historical, and cultural subjects. Prerequisite: ARB 102 (formerly ARB 172) or placement by director of Arabic Program or instructor. Keener

202. Intermediate Arabic II. (NW) (LS) Every Spring

The fourth semester Arabic course continues and builds on the skills and materials presented in Intermediate Arabic I. It takes a four-skills approach with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: ARB 201 (formerly ARB 271) or placement by director of Arabic Program or instructor. Keener  

273. Arabic Media. (NW) (LS) Fall 2013

Headlines—print and broadcast—have gone global and transcend traditional print sources. As a result, news and information from authentic and current sources make a useful resource for foreign Arabic Language – ART AND ART HISTORY language learners. In this course, we will develop the skills and vocabulary needed to read, listen to, and discuss a wide variety of authentic audio, audiovisual, and print media, such as newscasts, newspapers, and modern social media such as blogs, twitter and facebook. This course will be a great asset to anyone planning on pursing a career in government, the non-profit sector, or translation. Prerequisite: ARB202. Keener

301. Advanced Arabic I. (NW) (LS) Every Fall

The third year of Arabic builds on the material covered in Arabic 202 or Intermediate Arabic II. The goal of this course is to focus in more detail on particular grammar concepts, building students’ vocabulary and ability to utilize the root and verb pattern system to understand and form new vocabulary. This course also develops students’ listening skills, understanding certain nuances of texts, exposure to Middle Eastern culture and history, and ability to speak in depth on a variety of topics with confidence. Prerequisite: ARB 202 or placement by director or instructor. Staff

302. Advanced Arabic II. (NW) (LS) Spring 2014

The second semester of third year Arabic builds on the material covered in Arabic 301 or Advanced Arabic I. This course also goes into more depth regarding certain grammatical concepts, building students’ ability to discuss a variety of topics through the use of new vocabulary and expressions or conjunctions. Students continue to be exposed to cultural and historical aspects of the Middle East through written texts and listening exercises. In addition to this, the course underlines the importance of communication through, for example, class discussion and group exercises. Prerequisite: ARB 301 or placement by director or instructor. Staff