2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Arabic (ARBC)

ARBC 1105 - Elementary Arabic (3 credits) 

Fundamentals of Arabic with emphasis on developing proficiency for communication through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural competence. ARBC 1105 is for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

ARBC 1106 - Elementary Arabic (3 credits) 

Fundamentals of Arabic with emphasis on developing proficiency for communication through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural competence. ARBC 1106 is for students who have completed ARBC 1105 or the equivalent. Completion of 1106 meets the university language requirement.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 1105 
ARBC 1114 - Accelerated Elementary Arabic (6 credits) 

Proficiency-oriented approach to Elementary Arabic, designed for learners who wish to progress rapidly through the beginning stages of language learning. Develops speaking, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing, and cultural competency at the novice-high level. Duplicates 1105 and 1106. Not recommended for Native Speakers.

ARBC 2105 - Intermediate Arabic (3 credits) 

2105: First course in the intermediate-level sequence in Arabic. Review of grammar with increasing emphasis on reading, writing, cultural competency, and oral communication.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 1106 
ARBC 2106 - Intermediate Arabic (3 credits) 

2106: Second course in the intermediate-level sequence in Arabic. Reinforcement of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural competency skills, allowing students to consolidate and expand on their previous knowledge and preparing them for third-year Arabic. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 2105 
ARBC 2774 - Arab Culture and Civilization (3 credits) 

Overview of Arab culture and civilization, with an emphasis on the modern Middle East. Familiarizes students with the geography, history, politics and sociology of the Arab world and identifies the cultural forces that shape current events in the region. Explores the impact of colonialism, war, religion, gender relations, and media technologies in the Arab world. Taught in English.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 2 Critical Thinking Humanities, 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
ARBC 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
ARBC 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
ARBC 3105 - Advanced Arabic (3 credits) 

3105: First course in the advanced-level sequence in Arabic. Practice in communication skills in Arabic both orally and in writing, including review of grammar, directed composition, and conversation, with an emphasis on pronunciation, cultural competency, and oral expressions. Not recommended for native speakers. 3106: Second course in the advanced-level sequence in Arabic. Reinforcement of oral proficiency, reading, grammar, and writing skills, allowing students to explore a broad range of texts of general and professional interest. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 2106 
ARBC 3106 - Advanced Arabic (3 credits) 

3106: Second course in the advanced-level sequence in Arabic. Reinforcement of oral proficiency, reading, grammar, and writing skills, allowing students to explore a broad range of texts of general and professional interest. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 3105 
ARBC 3124 - Arabic for Oral Proficiency (3 credits) 

Devoted to the acquisition of spoken dialect and the enhancement of cultural competency. Provides students with the skills necessary to modify the pronunciation and grammar rules of Modern Standard Arabic in order to speak and comprehend conversational Arabic at the intermediate level. Emphasis on speaking, listening comprehension, daily-life experiences, body-language, and cultural knowledge. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 2105 
ARBC 3304 - Modern Arabic Literature in Translation (3 credits) 

Familiarizes students with the cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts of major Arabic literary texts. Provides students with skills necessary to analyze the rhetorical devices and literary techniques of the texts under study. Texts from major literary genres include poems, short stories and realist and experimental novels. Explores topics including postcolonialism, resistance, war, romance, tradition, religion, feminism, and pop culture. Taught in English.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 2 Critical Thinking Humanities, 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
ARBC 3474 - Topics in Arab Cinema (3 credits) 

Examination of the cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts of Arab cinematic works. Exploration of the ways in which Arab cinema reflects the dynamics of political, economic, and social change in modern Arab societies, as well as how the Arab world is represented in Western films. Variable topics such as war and conflict, terrorism, postcolonialism and movements for national independence, feminism, gender and sexuality, and globalization. Taught in English. Variable content. May be repeated 2 times with different content for a maximum of 6 credits.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 2 Critical Thinking Humanities, 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
ARBC 3514 - Media Arabic (3 credits) 

Reading and listening comprehension, analysis, writing, translation, and cultural conventions pertaining to Arabic print and broadcast media.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 2105 
ARBC 3954 - Study Abroad (1-19 credits) 
ARBC 3984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
ARBC 4104 - Advanced Grammar, Conversation, and Cultural Competency (3 credits) 

Focus on enhancing students’ conversational skills in formal and colloquial usage, analysis and application of advanced grammatical and stylistic devices, reading and listening comprehension and cultural competence in norms and social practices in the Arab world.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 3106 
ARBC 4154 - Advanced Composition and Stylistics (3 credits) 

Intensive work in written Arabic. Devoted to enhance the grammar, stylistics, writing, and cultural competency of Arabic students at the advanced level. Emphasis on analyzing and writing personal, academic, and professional texts, with attentiveness to the cultural conventions common to each genre.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 3105 
ARBC 4334 - Research in Arab Culture (3 credits) 

Interpretation of sources about Arab culture. Examination of the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts of major cultural productions. Integration of authentic Arabic language texts into research. Analysis of the impact of gender, race, and class on cultural productions in the Arab world. Taught in English.

Prerequisite(s): ARBC 2105 and ARBC 2774 
ARBC 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
ARBC 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
ARBC 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)