Lecturers: R. Islambouli, S. Khoury

The program in Arabic is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. For general information about the department, see page 163.

The reasons for studying Arabic are many. The United Nations adopted Arabic as one of its six official languages in 1974. Today Arabic is the native language of over 200 million people as well as the liturgical language for over a billion Muslims throughout the world. While an important tongue in many parts of the world, Arabic is the official language of countries from North Africa to the Arabian Gulf (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen). Events in the Middle East affect our daily lives, and, with the study of Arabic, students can gain unique insights into the cultural, religious, and political forces of this region. The Middle East is also the birthplace of civilization and the cradle of the three major monotheistic religions, home to some of the world’s greatest archeological and religious sites, and the locus of two-thirds of the world’s known oil reserves. Moreover, it is rich in culture and folkways. A knowledge of Arabic will greatly enhance the enjoyment of travel to that part of the world and the ability to work and interact effectively with its inhabitants. In addition, the study of Arabic can lead to careers in fields such as journalism, international finance, business, foreign service, political intelligence, law, and academe. The U.S. government considers Arabic a critical language, and many scholarships are available.

101. BEGINNING ARABIC I 3 cr. Introduction to the sound and writing system of the Arabic language. Provides students with basic structural and lexical knowledge which will enable them to communicate orally and in writing in Arabic at the beginning level. Emphasis on real-life situations through structured activities and grammatical exercises, with an overview of Arabic customs and culture. Individual, pair, and group work, and computer-assisted instruction. (Fall)

102. BEGINNING ARABIC II 3 cr. Prerequisite: AB 101 or equivalent. Continuation of AB 101. (Spring)

201. INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I 3 cr. Prerequisite: AB 102 or equivalent. Builds on the structural and lexical base provided in AB 101-102 to move students to an intermediate level in listening, speaking, and writing. Individual, pair, and group work, and computer-assisted instruction. (Fall)

202. INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II 3 cr. Prerequisite: AB 201 or equivalent. Continuation of AB 201. (Spring)