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Courses in Arabic

Ar 101, 102, 103 - First-year Standard Arabic (4, 4, 4)
Introduction to modern literary (fus-ha) Arabic: Emphasis on reading and writing the cursive Arabic script, accurate pronunciation, comprehension of basic texts, translation, vocabulary, dictation, basic grammar and syntax, writing Arabic compositions, and media to facilitate the learning of simple communications in common spoken Arabic. For non-native speakers of Arabic only.

Ar 199 - Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 201, 202, 203 - Second-year Standard Arabic (4, 4, 4)
Continued work in modern literary Arabic: Emphasis on reading prose texts dealing with the popular standard language, expanded grammar and syntax, writing Arabic compositions, translation, enhanced vocabulary, dictation, and media for better listening comprehension of common spoken Arabic, for expanded conversations dealing with daily life. Pre-requisite: Ar 103. For non-native speakers of Arabic only.

Ar 299 - Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 301, 302, 303 - Third-year Standard Arabic (4, 4, 4)
Intermediate modern literary Arabic prose: Emphasis on reading prose texts dealing with a wide spectrum of daily-life topics in their social-cultural context; advanced grammar and syntax (weak verbs, weak nouns, doubled verbs, verb moods, and the conditional); translation of complex texts, writing expanded Arabic compositions; media and Arabic web-sites to enhance conversational skills. Prerequisite Ar 203 or consent of the instructor. For non-native speakers of Arabic only.

Ar 304, 305, 306 - Intermediate Common Spoken Arabic (4, 4, 4)
Practical pan-Arab spoken Arabic used in social, intellectual gatherings and business in lieu of limited local spoken “dialects,” or the fus-ha (literary Arabic), understandable and usable anywhere in the Arab world. For non-native speakers of Arabic only. Prerequisites: Ar 203 or consent of the instructor.

Ar 311 - Intermediate Media Arabic (4)
Reading and translating intermediate-level Arabic newspaper and journal materials; viewing selected media and news websites. For non-native speakers of Arabic only. Prerequisites: Ar 303 or consent of the instructor.

Ar 330 - Topics in Arab Culture and Civilization (4)
Survey of the development of culture, thought, and the arts in the Arab World, from pre-islamic times to the present with focus on particular themes or periods.  Taught in English.

Ar 331 - Arabic Calligraphy: Reading and Writing (4)
Introduction to Arabic script since the fifth century A.D.; presentation of prominent pens and styles; reading various exhibits covering all major styles; mastering the writing of the ruq'ah style.

Ar 399 - Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 401 - Research (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 404 - Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 409 - Practicum (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 410 - Selected Topics (Credit to be arranged.)

Ar 411/511 - Advanced Arabic Reading & Writing: Essay (4)
Reading and translating advanced Arabic essays written by prominent Arab authors in various genres presenting social cultural topics, and writing critiques in Arabic. Prerequisites: Ar 303 or consent of instructor.

Ar 413/513 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic: Short Story and Novel (4)
Reading modern Arabic short stories, condensed novels, or short biographies of prominent Arab authors; viewing related films; writing critiques in Arabic. Prerequisite: Ar 303 or consent of the instructor.

Ar 414/514 - Advanced Arabic Grammar (4)
The use of the critical connectors of the standard Arabic grammar, and the major rules of the Arabic syntax. Prerequisites: Ar 303 or consent of the instructor.

Ar 419/519 - Folk Proverbs of the Arabs (4)
Reading and analyzing selected Arabic folk proverbs representing a wide range of critical social-cultural issues and moral values; writing critiques. Quoted texts are in Arabic. Class is conducted in English. Prerequisites: Ar 301 & Ar 304 or consent of instructor.

Ar 420/520 - Folk Tales of the Arabs (4)
Introduction to the oral tradition of the Arabs since early times; analysis of selected folk tales or epics; viewing cultural videos; writing short critiques. Quoted texts are in Arabic. Class is conducted in English. Prerequisites: Ar 301 & Ar 304 or consent of instructor.

Ar 421/521 - Extemporized-Sung Poetry and Folk Songs of the Arabs (4)
Reading, translating, and analyzing selected texts of extemporized-sung folk poetry (zajal) covering major genres and lyrics of folk songs composed in the vernacular Arabic; viewing videos of social occasions during which the above genres are performed; writing critical analysis of poems. Quoted poems are in Arabic. Class is conducted in English. Prerequisites: Ar 303 & Ar 306 or consent of instructor.
[Not taught every year.]

Ar 423/523 - Modern Arabic Poetry (4)
Reading, translating, and analyzing selected modern Arabic poems from prominent Arab poets covering a wide range of issues and genres; writing critical analyses of poems. Prerequisites: Ar 303 or consent of instructor.

Ar 424/524 - Classical Arabic Poetry (4)
Reading, translating, and analyzing selected texts of classical Arabic poems from prominent Arab poets of early Arabia and al-Andalus covering a wide range of major issues; writing critical analyses of poems. Prerequisites: Ar 303 or consent of instructor.

Ar 427/527 - Advanced Classical Arabic: Prose (4)
Introduction to the history of Arabic prose (7th – 18th century AD); reading selected advanced texts from
classic literary works of major authors such as Ibn al-Muqaffa’ “al-adab al-kabir” (The Grand Literature); al-
Jahiz “al-bukhla’” (The Misers); al-Isfahani “kitab al-aghani” (The Book of Arabic Songs), Ibn ‘Adiy “tahdhib
al-akhlaq” (The Reformation of Morals) and Ibn ‘Abd Rabbuh “al-‘iqd al-farid” (The Unique Necklace);
translating texts and writing literary reviews in Arabic. Prerequisites: Ar 303 or consent of instructor.

Ar 441U - Major Arabic Works in Translation (4)
Study of selected masterpieces of Arabic literature in English translation: short stories, women’s essays, poetry, folk literature, and introduction to Arab culture. Viewing critical films and videos. Lectures and discussions in English. Recommended prerequisite: 4 credits of upper-division literature. Course may be repeated for credit if content varies. Taught in English. Satisfies University Studies requirements.

Ar 490/590 - History of the Arabic Language (4)
Study of the development of classical Arabic language from early times, with emphasis on two major schools of Arabic grammar: al-Kufah and al-Basrah; contribution of major grammarians, evolution of morphology and syntax; development of current Modern Standard Arabic vs colloquial Spoken Arabic. Prerequisite: Ar 303 or consent of instructor.