COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES (CAS)

Arabic & Foreign Languages

 

DEPARTMENT OF ARABIC AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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 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

The Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages aims to develop the skills of students in Arabic, French, and Spanish. 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 and Spanish. 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) [A]

once/year

ARAB 114

Arabic Basic Language Skills

(3) [A]

every semester

ARAB 150

Human Development in the Arab World

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 201

Arabic as a Second Language II

(3) [A]

occasionally

ARAB 205

Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization

(3) H,K]

every semester

ARAB 215

Arabic Composition I 

(3) [A]

every semester

ARAB 220

Readings in Arabic Heritage

(3) [A,H]

every semester

ARAB 221

Creative Writing

(3) [H]

occasionally

ARAB 301

Arabic as a Second Language III

(3) [A]

occasionally

ARAB 303

Literature of the Arabian Gulf

(3) [H,K]

every semester

ARAB 304

Arabic Drama

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 308

Arab Women in History

(3) [H]

occasionally

ARAB 310

Classical Arabic Prose

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 312

Modern Arabic Literature

(3) [H,K]

once/year

ARAB 313

Arab Women and Literature

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 314

Classical Arabic Poetry

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 315

Literature of Al-Andalus

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 316

Literature in the Abbasid Era

(3) [H,K]

occasionally

ARAB 318

Modern Arabic Novel

(3) [H,K]

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

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) three 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 and Spanish, which aim to:

  1. Develop proficiency in the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) of French or Spanish.
  2. Develop awareness and appreciation of the respective cultures of France 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

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