Courses

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
  • (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

*ARBC 101 BASIC ARABIC I (5 credits)
An outcome-based, interactive approach to basic Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine colloquial dialect that emphasizes the development of the linguistic and cultural competence needed to communicate with native speakers. Communication skills are developed gradually. Students will master the Arabic alphabet and sound system. Students will be able to talk about themselves, their education and their families, as well as ask basic questions and comprehend simple written texts. This course requires active participation in and outside of class. (D-L)

*ARBC 102 BASIC ARABIC II (5 credits)
A continuation of Arabic I. Prerequisite: ARBC 101, placement exam or consent of the instructor. (D-L)

ARBC 103 ARABIC III (5 credits)
This is a "four language skills" first-year Arabic course. Using a communicative/proficiency-oriented approach, students will speak, read and write in Modern Standard Arabic. The homework load is substantial as the course covers the grammar and vocabulary of first-year Arabic in one semester. The next course in sequence is ARBC 201.

*ARBC 201 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I (3 credits)
An intermediate course in Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine colloquial dialect. Students continue to develop skills in reading comprehension, speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar. Materials include written Arabic, audiovisual instruments, planned and unplanned conversations, and activities that cover daily life situations, songs and cultural issues. Prerequisite: Arabic 102, placement exam or consent of the instructor. (D-L)

ARBC 202 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II (3 credits)
A continuation of Intermediate Arabic I. Prerequisite: ARBC 201, placement exam or consent of the instructor.

ARBC 301 ADVANCED ARABIC I (3 credits)
This is an advanced course in Arabic language and culture. Students continue to develop skills in reading, speaking, listening and writing. This course may be developed around a theme or a topic of a region of the Arabic-speaking world. Prerequisites: ARBC 202, placement exam or consent of the instructor.

ARBC 302 ADVANCED ARABIC II (3 credits)
A continuation of Advanced Arabic I. Prerequisite: ARBC 301, placement exam or consent of the instructor.

ARBC 407 TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE (3 credits)
Studies several theoretical approaches and addresses a variety of issues. In addition to readings, discussion and research on particular aspects of translation, students design and carry out individual and group translation projects. Prerequisite: Advanced level reading skills or consent of the instructor. (AY)

*ARBC 348 SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3 credits)
Designed to help students interested in language learn how Arabic language functions in a social context. Topics include language and cultural meaning, connections between language variation and geographical/ethnic backgrounds, social class and social networks, age and gender, forms of address and politeness, non-verbal communication, language for social change, and language education and policy. (D-I) (AY)

ARBC 427 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURES (4 credits)
Develops students’ appreciation of texts from various countries or regions. Students may be asked to read texts in translation or in the original language. Prerequisites: Vary according to theme.

ARBC 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Independent studies cover material not taught in our regularly offered courses. Intended for advanced students who have developed a special interest in Arabic, such as a linguistics project, a literature project, a cultural theme or some other independent research. Independent Study proposals must be approved by the Middle East Studies faculty.

ARBC 484 FORD/KNIGHT COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by Ford/Knight Program.

ARBC 483: TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)
Students must be selected as a Teaching Assistant for an Arabic course and consult with the instructor before registration.

Other Course Offerings

  • HIST 240 History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 371 Zionism and Modern Israel
  • HIST 373 America’s Middle East
  • MUS 367 Musics of the Arab World
  • POLS 340 Lipstick and Jihad
  • POLS 363 Israel and the Middle East
  • REL 155 Hebrew Scriptures
  • REL 180 Islam
  • REL 240 Islam and Film
  • REL 285 Judaism
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