Arabic Studies Courses

Arabic Studies Courses

  • Fall 2021

    ARAB 101 (2 Sections) – Elementary Arabic I – Instructor: Ali Almajnooni

    Arabic is the fasting growing language in the United States and the fifth most spoken language in the world. ARAB 101 is the first in a sequence of courses in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the language of all official forms of communication and media throughout the Arab world, the register of Arabic taught in countries where Arabic is an official language, the liturgical language of some 1.8 billion Muslims and millions of Arab Christians, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. 


    ARAB 203 (01) – Intermediate Arabic I – Instructor: Kevin Lacey

    This course is a continuation of the first-year language study of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), by which students improve their language skills from the novice-high level to reach the proficiency goals of the intermediate level. Students will acquire more vocabulary and learn fundamental morphological and syntactical structures that allow them to express themselves and respond to communication with ease. 


    ARAB 281A – Arabic Word Formation I - Instructor: Kevin Lacey

    This course is designed to help students of Arabic (especially those at pre-advanced levels) improve their knowledge of the most basic word patterns in the language, which are both 1) very predictable and 2) the key for allowing rapid vocabulary build-up in all skill sets (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking). Arabic works on a pattern system. PREREQUISITE: knowledge of the Arabic alphabet. 


    ARAB 305 – Advanced Standard Arabic I – Instructor: Mary Youssef 

    The sequel to ARAB 204, this course prepares students to reach or surpass the goals of the intermediate-high to advanced-low levels of proficiency. Throughout the semester, students will learn important idioms and expressions, significantly expand their vocabulary, and acquire further knowledge of fundamental morphological and syntactical structures that allow them to express themselves orally and in writing with increasing grammatical accuracy. 


    ARAB 380G/COLI 331C/ENG 380K/WGSS 383B – Race & Gender in Arab American Lit –  Instructor: Mary Youssef - GenEds: HOP & Harpur W

    This course offers a deep understanding of Arab-American literary production across the genres of the novel, poetry, the short story, and fictional autobiography. While interest in Arab immigrant literature in the U.S. has particularly culminated after the events of 9/11, authors from Arab descent have striven to creatively express their racial, religious, and cultural difference; draw attention to problems of differentiation in the U.S. due to persistently dominant Orientalist discourses; and negotiate their identity, all since the beginning of the twentieth century. 


    TURK 111 – Elementary Modern Turkish – Prof. Greg Key – ONLINE HYBRID COURSE

    Introduces basic structures of modern Turkish, which is spoken in the Republic of Turkey, as well as in large immigrant communities throughout Europe. From the very first day of class, there is an emphasis on speaking, both inside and outside the classroom, so that by the end of the first semester students will be comfortable having very basic conversations in Turkish. Written exercises will provide the foundation for writing skills in Turkish, to be further developed in subsequent semesters. 


    TURK 380L/LING 380T – Turkish Linguistics – Professor Greg Key – GenEd: O

    This course examines the Turkish language from the perspective of various subfields of linguistic inquiry. We begin by looking at the history of Turkish, its place within the Turkic language family, and the Altaic hypothesis, which asserts that Turkish is related to languages such as Mongolian, Manchu, Japanese and Korean. There are no prerequisites for this class, and no prior knowledge of Turkish is necessary. Concurrent enrollment in TURK 111 is encouraged but not required.