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ARAB 101 : First Semester Arabic

Prerequisites: None
Description: Basic elementary Arabic. Conversation in the language, diction, reading, study of the fundamentals of grammar, simple oral and written exercises, and an introduction to Arabic-speaking cultures.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ARAB 102 : Second Semester Arabic

Prerequisites: ARAB 101 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of First Semester Arabic.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ARAB 103 : Third Semester Arabic

Prerequisites: ARAB 102 or equivalent.
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Modern Standard Arabic at the intermediate level.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ARAB 104 : Fourth Semester Arabic

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or consent of instructor.
Description: Continuation of ARAB 103. Expansion of vocabulary, comprehension, and communicative and writing abilities in Modern Standard Arabic at the intermediate level with a rich cultural component.
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ARAB 206 : Intermediate Conversation

Prerequisites: ARAB 101 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: The development of conversational skills focusing on topic-structures drills and activities appropriate to the context in which the language will be spoken.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ARAB 260 : Arab Culture and Identity in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214; upper-division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Arab cultures in context of history of Arab world, through its religious and ethnic diversity, Arab family structures, values, traditions and customs. Introduction of Arabic literatures and music. Taught in English. (Formerly ARAB 401)
Units: 3

ARAB 300 : Reading Qur'anic Arabic

Prerequisites: Completion of al-Kitaab Part 1 or equivalent, or at least four semesters of Arabic or equivalent. For native speakers, consent of instructor.
Description: An introduction to readings of the Qur?an, with emphasis on oral quality and literary value.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ARAB 400 : Islam and Fiction in English

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to various representations of Islam in modern fiction, both in the Islamic world and beyond, focusing on the literary cultural influences portrayed in texts that address Islam and Muslims whether centrally or peripherally. This course is offered as ARAB 400 and ETHS 400. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

ARAB 450 : Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RRS 450 [formerly ETHS 450]. For course description, see RRS 450. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

ARAB 510 : History of Arabic Literature I: Classical Arabic Literature

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower division Arabic or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to major themes and ideas in classical Arabic literature, focusing on major poetry and prose works from the pre-Islamic and early Caliphate eras. This course is offered as ARAB 510 and ETHS 510. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

ARAB 511 : History of Arabic Literature II: Modern Arabic Literature

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower division Arabic or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to major themes and ideas in modern and contemporary Arabic literature from various countries (e.g., Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Sudan), focusing on major works from the late 19th century to the present. This course is offered as ARAB 511 and ETHS 511. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

ARAB 600 : Modern Arabic Literature and Film in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Fostering critical skills in reading literary texts and cultivating appreciation of literary concepts through different textual media. Understanding dynamics of exchange between modern Arabic fiction and film, including narrative elements.
Units: 3

ARAB 650 : Modern Arabic Fiction in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to modern Arabic literature and the intertwining of fiction and history. [Taught in English] (Paired with ARAB 850. Students who have completed ARAB 650 many not take ARAB 850 for credit.)
Units: 3

ARAB 850 : Modern Arabic Fiction in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.
Description: For description, see ARAB 650. Paired with ARAB 650. Students who have completed ARAB 850 many not take ARAB 650 for credit.
Units: 3
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