UNIVERSITY CATALOG
2016-2017



DEPARTMENT OF ARABIC AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES


The Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages aims to develop the skills of students in languages other than English. In addition, it seeks to introduce students to the extraordinarily rich Arabic literary heritage and to develop skills of close reading, critical thinking, and analytical and creative writing.

The department offers courses to satisfy the general education requirements for Arabic language and Arabic culture. It also offers a minor in Arabic for those who wish to delve more deeply in the study of the language of this region and its literature. Furthermore, the department offers courses in French, Italian, and Spanish for students drawn to European languages, and who wish to strengthen the international component of their education.

The Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages recognizes the importance of proficiency in languages besides English for citizens of the modern world. It aims to develop skills that will enable students to function better in our increasingly interconnected and global society.

Mission Statement

The Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages aims to develop the skills of students in Arabic, French, Spanish and Italian. In addition, it seeks to introduce students to the extraordinarily rich Arabic literary heritage and to develop skills of close reading, critical thinking, and analytical and creative writing.

Values

The Department of Arabic and Foreign Language values excellence in teaching Arabic language, in teaching Arabic literature, in teaching translation skills, and in teaching French, Spanish, and Italian. Likewise, it values critical thinking, organization of ideas, and clear expression.

Vision

We aspire to be the best department for the study of Arabic and foreign languages in the Gulf region, offering rigorous Arabic, foreign language, and translation instruction across a variety of levels, as well as advanced instruction in the Arabic literary heritage.

List Of Arabic Courses:

ARAB 101 Arabic as a Second Language I (3) once/year
ARAB 114 Arabic Basic Language Skills (3) every semester
ARAB 150 Human Development in the Arab World (3) every semester
ARAB 201 Arabic as a Second Language II (3) occasionally
ARAB 205 Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization (3) occasionally
ARAB 215 Arabic Composition I (3) every semester
ARAB 220 Readings in Arabic Heritage (3) every semester
ARAB 221 Creative Writing (3) occasionally
ARAB 301 Arabic as a Second Language III (3) occasionally
ARAB 303 Literature of the Arabian Gulf (3) every semester
ARAB 304 Arabic Drama (3) occasionally
ARAB 308 Arab Women in History (3) occasionally
ARAB 310 Classical Arabic Prose (3) occasionally
ARAB 312 Modern Arabic Literature (3) once/year
ARAB 313 Arab Women and Literature (3) occasionally
ARAB 314 Classical Arabic Poetry (3) occasionally
ARAB 315 Literature of Al-Andalus (3) occasionally
ARAB 316 Literature in the Abbasid Era (3) occasionally
ARAB 318 Modern Arabic Novel (3) occasionally
ARAB 369 Short Course (1-3) occasionally
ARAB 388 Independent Study (1-3) occasionally
ARAB 389 Special Topics (3) occasionally

 

Minor in Arabic (18 Credit Hours)


The Arabic minor program strengthens students’ communication skills in Arabic and familiarizes students with the rich Arabic literary heritage. It develops skills of fluid expression in formal Arabic and leads to an informed awareness of the Arabic literary tradition.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AUK minor in Arabic, the student will be able to:
  • Express complex ideas clearly and fluently in formal Arabic language
  • Examine Arabic literary texts from diverse cultural periods
  • Evaluate Arabic literary texts within socio-historical contexts

Minor Requirements

At least 9 credit hours must be taken at AUK.

Minor Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
To complete a Minor in Arabic, students must complete the following core courses:
ARAB 215 Arabic Composition I (3)[A]
ARAB 220 Readings in Arabic Heritage (3)[A][H]
ARAB 312 Modern Arabic Literature (3)[H][K]

Minor Electives (9 credit hours)
In addition, students must complete (in consultation with their academic advisor) 3 other courses (9 credit hours) from the following:
ARAB 205 Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization (3)[H][K]
AND / OR
ARAB 221 Creative Writing (3)
AND / OR
Any ARAB course at the 300-level or higher (3)

All ARABIC courses are listed in the academic catalog as either taught in English or Arabic, except for ARAB 369: Short Course, ARAB 388: Independent Study, and ARAB 389: Special Topics. These courses are not listed as taught either in English or Arabic, since the language of instruction may change in any given semester according to the desires of the individual professor.

Foreign Languages


In addition to courses in Arabic, the Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages offers courses in French, Italian, and Spanish, which aim to:
  1. Develop proficiency in the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) of French, Italian, or Spanish.
  2. Develop awareness and appreciation of the respective cultures of France, Italy, and Spain.

List Of Foreign Language Courses:
FRNC 101 Introduction to French I (3) every semester
FRNC 102 Introduction to French II (3) every semester
FRNC 201 Intermediate French (3) every semester
FRNC 202 Intermediate French II (3) occasionally
FRNC 333 Language and Civilization (3) occasionally
FRNC 369 Short Course (1-3) occasionally
FRNC 388 Independent Study (1-3) occasionally
FRNC 389 Special Topics (3) occasionally
FRNC 399 French Study Abroad (3) occasionally
       
ITAL 101 Introduction to Italian I (3) every semester
ITAL 102 Introduction to Italian II (3) once/year
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian (3) occasionally
       
SPAN 101 Introduction to Spanish I (3) every semester
SPAN 102 Introduction to Spanish II (3) every semester
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish (3) every semester
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (3) occasionally
SPAN 333 Language and Culture (3) occasionally
SPAN 369 Short Course (1-3) occasionally
SPAN 388 Independent Study (1-3) occasionally
SPAN 389 Special Topics (3) occasionally
SPAN 399 Spanish Study Abroad (3) occasionally

Faculty


Al-FARHAN , Abdulrahman, Assistant Professor of Near & Middle Eastern Studies; PhD.; 2017, University of London, UK

AL-KHOULI, Khitam, Assistant Professor of Arabic; Ph.D., 2008, Institute of Arabic Research, Cairo, Egypt.

FARRIN, Raymond, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature; Ph.D., 2006, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA.

FIANNACA, Joseph, Senior Instructor of French Language and Literature; M.A., 2002, Stendhal University, Grenoble, France.

TAMIMI, Maher, Instructor of Arabic; M.A., 1998, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

TRUJILLO, Claudia Mejia, Instructor of Spanish; M.A., 1997, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA.

ZAVALIY, Andrei, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Ph.D., 2008, City University of New York, New York, USA.

 

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