You will be interested in an Arabic Language minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. An Arabic minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.
You will be interested in an Arabic Translation Certificate if you have advanced Arabic proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.
An Arabic minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in Arabic, you will:
- Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of Arabic-speaking world.
- Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and acquisition: writing, reading, understanding, and speaking.
- Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular culture, art, and social issues of the Arabic-speaking world.
- Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in an Arabic-speaking country, interning in a Arabic speaking environment, or taking part in a similar immersion experience.
Arabic 151: Novice (Heritage)
This course is aligned with ACTFL standards 5cs. The focus is to have students use Modern Standard Arabic (FUSHA) in speaking and writing. In this, level students will buildup their vocabulary bank and will focus on basic formal writing in Arabic.
Arabic 250 :Intermediate-Mid (non-heritage)
Arabic 200 is a continuation of Arabic 100 with an emphasis on vocabulary expansion and grammar constructions. Students demonstrate comprehension of new concepts through more advanced reading and writing of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Students will work to improve their listening and speaking skills through more frequent and extended use of Arabic conversation. Cultural focus remains an integral part of the course.
Arabic 251: Intermediate (Heritage)
This course will focus on contemporary issues shaping the Arab world using various authentic texts. Students will improve their language skills through reading, writing, presentations and discussions related to different topics including, but not limited to, politics, society and culture.
Arabic 350: Intermediate -high (Non-Heritage)
Students at this level have a broader range of vocabulary, more fluency in speaking, and more advanced skills in Arabic than students at the regular Intermediate Arabic level. The main goal is to move students in a short period across the threshold of the high intermediate level of proficiency and provide opportunities and learning strategies towards the advanced level of proficiency. This level is characterized by extensive readings and discussions on a multitude of social, cultural, and literary topics. Writing assignments are geared toward stylistic and aesthetic aspects of the Arabic. Students will be with advanced work in reading, writing, listening, and speaking
Arabic 355: Intermediate –High ( Heritage)
This course focuses on how Arabic (both standard and the colloquial) is used in the different Arab societies of the Arab world. We will study how the variation in how Arabic is used is influenced by different sociological variables such as education, social status, politics, gender, and religion.
Arabic 450 : Advanced (OPI/WPT)
This course is intended to develop and build students’ reading and writing skills, vocabulary, note taking, summarizing, paraphrasing, and analyzing skills using a ACTFL standards and requirements for OPI/WPT testing. The focus will be on developing and improving reading and writing, speaking skills through a variety of projects, reading assignments, and discussion board assignments related to different topics in the target language
Arabic 451: Advanced (Literature /Writing) (Heritage students or scoring superior in OPI/WPT)
This course deals with the Arabic short story, covering its genesis and major developments, trajectories, contexts, and authors in the past century. It introduces students to the main influences that had an impact on the pioneers of the genre..