Arabic Course Descriptions

ARA 400 Principles of Translation 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 1

Introduction to the Translation Certificate programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation; methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer; professional component including an overview of career opportunities and current practices. Course taught in English.

ARA 401 Translation Workshop I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 1

Translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Arabic into English. Includes an overview of the Arabic language and a contrastive analysis of the two linguistic systems. Also introduces the interpretation process. Course taught in English and Arabic.

ARA 402 Translation Workshop II 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 2

Continuation of Translation Workshop I. Also includes translations of contemporary excerpts from Arabic into English and practice tests from the American Translators Association. Course taught in English and Arabic.

ARA 403 Business Translation Workshop 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 2

Translation of Arabic business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions.

ARA 404 Introduction to Interpretation 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: varies

An overview of subjects and techniques in interpretation with an emphasis on classroom practice. Focus on expanding student’s range of expression in order to build vocabulary. Topics covered include: Conference, legal, and medical interpreting.

ARA 488 Cooperative Field Experience 4 hours
Prerequisites: For translation, ARA 400, 401, 402, and 403; for other bilingual field experience, permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: varies

Opportunity for supervised field experience and preparation of a professional portfolio.