Arabic Language, Literature and Culture

Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 09:16 a.m.

The minor in Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture aims to bring students to an advanced level of proficiency in the Arabic language, combined with meaningful cultural competence in contemporary and/or classical Arabic culture and literature. The electives may be chosen from a range of courses specializing in both the modern and classical periods. The program allows students the flexibility to choose all of their electives from the modern courses, all of them from the classical courses, or to combine modern and classical offerings as suits their personal goals and interests.

Students are encouraged to begin working toward the minor in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture in their first or second year of undergraduate studies, and to complete the sequence of Arabic language courses in 4 consecutive semesters.

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui, Director, Arabic Languages
Arabic Language. Classical Islam.

The minor in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture consists of five courses including three core requirements and two electives. If a student passes out any of the core requirements by a placement exam, other electives from parts D or E must be taken in their place for a total of five courses.

Core requirements

A. ARBC 30a Intermediate Arabic I

B. ARBC 40b Intermediate Arabic II

C. ARBC 103a Lower Advanced Arabic

Electives

D. One upper-level language course.
Modern
ARBC 103b Middle Advanced Arabic: Contemporary Arab Media or ARBC 106a Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature.
Classical
ARBC 106b Advanced Arabic II: Readings in Classical Arabic & Islamic Literature or NEJS 177b Judeo-Arabic Literature.

E. Another course from part D or a course that deals with the historical or cultural context of Arabic among the following courses:
IMES 104a Islam: Civilization and Institutions
NEJS 104a Comparative Semitic Languages
NEJS 124a Arabic Literature, Hebrew Literature
NEJS 144a Jews in the World of Islam
NEJS 186a Introduction to the Qur’an
NEJS 186b The Qur’an: Composition, Collection, and Commentary
NEJS 194a Modern Arabic Literature
NEJS 195a Muhammad: From Early Accounts to Modern Biographies
NEJS 197a Survey of Islamic Law
NEJS 198a Islam and the West
ANTH 118b Culture and Power in the Middle East
FA 33b Islamic Art and Architecture
HIST 111a History of the Modern Middle East
POL 133a Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
POL 145b Muslims in the West: Politics, Religion, Law
SQS 145b Sexuality and Gender in the Middle East
WMGS 140a Diversity of Muslim Women’s Experience
or any other approved course dealing directly with Arabic culture or literature.

F. No grade below a C- will be given credit toward the minor.

G. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the minor requirements.

Students may double count up to two courses with another major or minor. IMES 104a may not be double counted for students doing the Arabic minor and the IMES minor or major. Students may transfer up to two courses taken at other universities, pending approval by the Director of the Arabic Language Program. Students are encouraged to seek advance approval from the Arabic language director for all courses intended for transfer credit.

(1-99) Primarily for Undergraduate Students

ARBC 10a Beginning Arabic I
Yields six semester-hour credits towards rate of work and graduation. Six class hours per week.
A first course in literary Arabic, covering essentials of grammar, reading, pronunciation, translation, and composition. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 10a is required to take ARBC 20b. Usually offered every year.
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ARBC 20b Beginning Arabic II
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 10a or the equivalent. Yields six semester-hour credits towards rate of work and graduation. Six class hours per week.
Continuation of ARBC 10a. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 20b is required to take a 30-level ARBC course. Usually offered every year.
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ARBC 30a Intermediate Arabic I
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Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 20B or the equivalent. Yields six semester-hour credits towards rate of work and graduation. Six class hours per week.
Continuation of ARBC 10a and 20b. Study of more advanced grammatical and syntactical forms, reading, speaking, composition and translation. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 30a is required to take any higher-level course. Usually offered every year.
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ARBC 40b Intermediate Arabic II
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Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 30a or the equivalent. Four class hours per week.
Continuation of ARBC 30a. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 40b is required to take ARBC 103a. Usually offered every year.
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ARBC 98a Independent Study
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(100-199) For Both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

ARBC 103a Lower Advanced Arabic
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Prerequisite: ARBC 40b or the equivalent. Four class-hours per week.
Designed to help the student attain advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. The syllabus includes selections from modern texts representing a variety of styles and genres, advanced composition, and sustained development of oral-aural proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 103a is required to take ARBC 103b. Usually offered every year.
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui

ARBC 103b Middle Advanced Arabic: Contemporary Arab Media
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Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 103a or the equivalent. Four class hours per week.
Continuation of ARBC 103a. Intensive honing primarily of oral-aural skills and vocabulary building with concentration on the spoken media of the contemporary Arab world. Review and reinforcement of major grammatical topics as needed. Usually offered every year.
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ARBC 106a Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature
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Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 103b or the equivalent. Four class hours per week. May be repeated for credit.
Develops advanced reading competence through a variety of modern literary texts focusing on contemporary Arab society, culture, and intellectual life. Continued solidification of advanced grammar and style with application through frequent writing assignments, both analytical and creative. Class conducted entirely in Arabic. Usually offered every year.
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui

ARBC 106b Advanced Arabic II: Classical Arabic & Islamic Literature
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Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 106a or the equivalent. Four class hours per week. May be repeated for credit.
Continuation of ARBC 106a. Develops advanced competence in reading and understanding classical texts, including a systematic introduction to some of the grammatical features typical of this genre. Readings include a variety of materials – including poetry – related to classical Arabic and Islamic literature, religion, history, and culture. Class conducted entirely in Arabic. Usually offered every year.
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui