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Courses - Fall 2024
ARAB
Arabic Department Site
Open Seats as of
07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
ARAB101
Elementary Arabic I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduction to modern standard Arabic in both its spoken and written form. Equal emphasis on all four skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
ARAB190
Introduction to Arab Cultures & Societies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Provides an introduction to key topics related to the study of the Arabic-speaking world, including features of Arab identity in the Middle East & North Africa as well as in the diaspora. Addresses religious, racial, and ethnic diversity, the history of language and culture, political economy, and migration. Students will learn about the diverse cultures and societies that have formed the changing conceptions of the Arab world through history and across different geographies. A fundamental premise is that the "Arab world" is not a monolithic, unchanging, bounded region "over there," but has long been deeply intertwined with other societies, including our own. Taught in English.
ARAB204
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB105; and must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
Covers topics related to contemporary Arabic society, literature and culture in standard written and formal spoken Arabic. Acquisition of more complex grammatical structures, expanding vocabulary, and reading, to develop a better understanding of the formal aspects of using MSA.
ARAB206
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB205; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
Develops communicative skills and cultural knowledge in Egyptian Arabic. Focuses on various social interactions, work and school situations, as well as specifics of pronunciation and grammar of the Egyptian dialect. Designed for students who have completed two years of the regular Arabic sequence classes (104-105 and 204-205) or equivalent.
Prerequisite: ARAB205.
ARAB225
Roots and Patterns: Verb Meaning in Arabic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB102; or must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) score.
Credit only granted for: ARAB499K or ARAB225.
Formerly: ARAB499K.
Additional information: No prior linguistic training is required, but an interest in language and linguistics is assumed.
Examines the templatic morphology of the Arabic verb system, and asks what the workings of such a system tell us about the way that humans construct and encode meaning. Moves beyond the traditional labels that are used to name the different categories of Arabic verb, to explore the conceptual structures that are coded linguistically by the various verb patterns.
ARAB250
Food Cultures in the Global Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: ARAB250 or ARAB499C.
Formerly: ARAB499C.
Food is the stuff of everyday routine and rich symbolic meaning, from holiday meals to daily staples. Studying food offers new perspectives on modernization, colonialism, and nationalism, and illuminates popular experiences of major historical events. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the modern Middle East and North Africa using secondary literature and primary source materials addressing the sources and methods used in humanistic food studies scholarship. Students will gain a nuanced understanding of the diversity and complexities of the region as well as a lens for analyzing its cultures and societies from an everyday human perspective.
ARAB304
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB205; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
Formerly: ARAB301.
Advanced grammar, reading, writing, speaking in Arabic; study of contemporary Arabic society, politics, and culture.
ARAB322
Arabic for Daily Life II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB202; or equivalent, or must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) score.
Develops students' speaking and listening abilities in both formal Arabic and a dialect, aiming to bring them to the advanced low level in speaking. Focus on activating vocabulary and grammar structures, speaking at the paragraph level, self-correction, and using both formal and informal registers of Arabic.
ARAB398M
Special Topics in Arabic Studies; Making of Middle Eastern Identities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST319Y. Credit only granted for ARAB398M or HIST319Y.

Taught in English.
ARAB399E
(Perm Req)
Independent Study In Arabic; The Language of the Quran and Hadith
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Deepens understanding of the Quran and Hadith through focus on practical reading skills and discussion of content. Assumes basic reading ability in Arabic, perhaps gained through exposure to the Quran.
ARAB499Z
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Arabic Studies; Moroccan Society and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB305 and permission of department.

Introduction to the history, politics and social life of Morocco. Engages students with Moroccan dialect.