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Minor in Arabic
 

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.

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 Arab 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.

List of Arabic Courses (Click on the courses for more details)

ARAB 101 Arabic as a Second Language I (3) [A] once/year
This course introduces the student to the Arabic alphabet, the script of modern written Arabic, and develops the student's knowledge in the four language skill areas. The materials are designed in the effective modern approach to foreign language teaching. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam score less than or equal to 4.
       
ARAB 114 Arabic Basic Language Skills (3) [A] every semester
This course introduces students to basic Arabic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Students may not enroll and will not receive credit for a language-learning course taken below the level of the language-learning course into which they were tested. Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam score between 5 and 14.
       
ARAB 150 Human Development in the Arab World (3) [H],[K] every semester
This course examines Human Development in the Arab World using the Reports of the UN Development Program and The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, which were released in 2003/2004. It provides students with detailed description and critical evaluation of the economic, demographic, social, and political conditions in the Arab countries. This course is taught in the English language. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.
       
ARAB 201 Arabic as a Second Language II (3) [A] occasionally
This course extends ARAB 101 and is designed to enhance further the non-native speaker's knowledge and proficiency of Arabic. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Students may not enroll and will not receive credit for a language-learning course taken below the level of the language-learning course into which they were tested. Prerequisite: ARAB 101.
       
ARAB 205 Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization (3) [H],[K] occasionally
The course acquaints students with the past influence and present importance of Arab-Islamic civilization. It investigates how Islam has shaped many different cultures in Asia, Europe, and Africa over the last 1400 years. The religious, political, and cultural values associated with Arab-Islamic culture will be discussed. Furthermore, students will be familiarized with the historical forces that shaped the past, and what these forces mean for the world today. This course is taught in the English language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement for Arab Culture. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.
       
ARAB 215 Arabic Composition I (3) [A] every semester
This course introduces native speakers of Arabic - with English curricula education - to intermediate reading and writing skills in Arabic. Using various literary and non-literary styles, students will be exposed to functional grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph writing. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Students may not enroll and will not receive credit for a language-learning course taken below the level of the language-learning course into which they were tested. Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam score 15 or higher.
       
ARAB 220 Readings in Arabic Heritage (3) [A][H] every semester
This course surveys selections of writings from classical Arabic works. The main aim of the selections is to reflect the intellectual, literary, and cultural developments of the Arabs from pre-Islamic times up to the present day. The course is thematically organized to allow students the opportunity to study the continuity or changes of certain values and beliefs in Arabic culture. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Students may not enroll and will not receive credit for a language-learning course taken below the level of the language-learning course into which they were tested. Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam score 25 or higher.
       
ARAB 221 Creative Writing (3) [H] occasionally
This course introduces students to the skills of writing the genre of the short story and novel. This course is taught in the Arabic language.
 
       
ARAB 301 Arabic as a Second Language III (3) [A] occasionally
This course builds on the earlier Arabic courses for non-native speakers. It uses more advanced materials to strengthen the reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities of the student. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Students may not enroll and will not receive credit for a language-learning course taken below the level of the language-learning course into which they were tested. Prerequisite: ARAB 201.
       
ARAB 303 Literature of the Arabian Gulf (3) [H][K] every semester
This course looks at the contribution of literary figures from the Arabian Gulf, especially those of Kuwait, to Arabic literature in general. This course is taught in the Arabic language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement for Arabic Culture. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
       
ARAB 304 Arabic Drama (3) [H][K] occasionally
The course looks at the emergence of Arabic drama in the 19th century until the present day, and assesses prototype drama forms of the medieval period. Through a study of selected plays by prominent authors, a picture will emerge as the influence of Arabic drama on Arabic literature. A selection of video recordings will also accompany the course. This course is taught in the Arabic language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement for Arabic Culture. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
       
ARAB 308 Arab Women in History (3) [H] occasionally
An exploration of the diversity of voices of Arab women, both past and present, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics include women as revolutionaries and nationalists, male-female relations, women in the workforce, female circumcision, family structures, and lifestyles. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
       
ARAB 310 Classical Arabic Prose (3) [H][K] occasionally
This course surveys Classical Arabic prose. The main aim of the selections is to introduce a few of the outstanding literary achievements of the Arabs in prose from the 8th to the 14th centuries. Readings will include works by Ibn al-Muqaffa', al-Jahiz, Ikhwan al-Safa', Badi' al-Zaman al-Hamadhani, and others. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Sophomore standing. Prerequisite: ARAB 220.
       
ARAB 312 Modern Arabic Literature (3) [H][K] once/year
This course surveys modern and postmodern Arabic creative writing: novel, short story, drama, poetry, and literary criticism. Themes in this course include, but are not limited to, love, death, exile, social pressures, and political concerns. The course demonstrates the nexus between Arabic literary production and contemporary challenges of Arab life. This course is taught in the Arabic language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement for Arab Culture. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ARAB 220.
       
ARAB 313 Arab Women and Literature (3) [H][K] occasionally
A survey of the history of Arab women's literature, from the medieval period to the present day. Special attention is paid to the questions of literary tradition. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
       
ARAB 314 Classical Arabic Poetry (3) [H][K] occasionally
This course focuses on selected masterpieces of classical Arabic poetry. Individual works are studied with an aim to understanding the historical context of their composition and to appreciating their literary value. This course is taught in the Arabic language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement for Arab Culture. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ARAB 220.
       
ARAB 315 Literature of Al-Andalus (3) [H][K] occasionally
A survey of poetry and prose from the nearly eight centuries of Arab-Islamic civilization in Al-Andalus. This course is taught in the Arabic language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement for Arab Culture. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ARAB 220.
       
ARAB 316 Literature in the Abbasid Era (3) [H][K] occasionally
This course involves the study of literature in the Abbasid Era, both early and later ages up to the fall of Baghdad in 1258. Through a literary analysis of poetry and prose of the Abbasid period, some of the historical characteristics of the period, as well as the development of music, cuisine, and the arts will be highlighted. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Sophomore standing. Prerequisite: ARAB 220.
       
ARAB 318 Modern Arabic Novel (3) [H][K] occasionally
This course focuses on the development of the Arabic novel, and surveys the main factors that led to the rise of the novel. Students will analyze a number of works by prominent Arab novelists: Naguib Mahfouz, Jamal Ghitani, Tayyib Saleh, Ghada Samman, and Ghassan Kanafani. Exile, post-colonialism, feminine discourse will be among the themes discussed. The readings will be supplemented with critical theory by leading Arab literary critics. This course is taught in the Arabic language. Sophomore standing. Prerequisite: ARAB 220.
       
ARAB 369 Short Course (1-3) occasionally
Topic varies by semester. Classes are taught by a guest lecturer or lecturers. Can be repeated for credit with a different topic. Permission of instructor.
       
ARAB 388 Independent Study (1-3) occasionally
Can be repeated for credit with a different topic. Permission of instructor.
       
ARAB 389 Special Topics (3) occasionally
Can be repeated for credit with a different topic. Permission of instructor.
 
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