MINOR IN ARABIC

WHY LEARN ARABIC?

  • Today Arabic is the official language of over 22 countries
  • Well over 350 million native speakers of the language
    • Speakers are largely concentrated in the Middle East, but there are minority groups of native speakers throughout the world.
  • It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union.
  • Beyond native speakers, millions more know Arabic as a foreign language, since as the language of the Qu'ran, it is understood by Muslims throughout the world.
  • Career opportunities:
    • Those who study Arabic can find careers in a variety of fields: journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, foreign service and intelligence, and many others.
    • Only 1% of the United States 12,000 FBI agents have any knowledge of Arabic at all (including those who know only a few words).
  • The State of Ohio and The US government has designated Arabic as a language of strategic importance.
    • The National Strategic Language Initiative instituted in 2006 promotes the learning of Arabic. 
    • Includes support for language courses from beginning to advanced levels, study abroad programs, intensive instruction opportunities, teacher exchanges, and professional development.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

  • 12 credits (beyond Arabic 202) must be at the 300-level or above.
  • No more than 10 transfer credits may be counted toward the minor.

Upper-level Arabic courses

301 COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 4 credits 

  • Further development of language skills acquired at the intermediate level: Writing, Speaking, Listening Comprehension and Reading. (Conducted in Arabic).
  • Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent.

302 ARABIC MEDIA 4 credits

  • Further development of practical language skills with a focus on Arabic media. The course also will enrich students’ understanding of Arabic culture. (Conducted in Arabic). 
  • Prerequisite 202 or equivalent. 

303 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE 4 credits

  • Enhancement of students’ communicative skills with emphasis on development of the ability to read, appreciate and discuss Modern Arabic Literature. (Conducted in Arabic). 
  • Prerequisite 202 or equivalent. 

304 CULTURAL READINGS IN ARABIC 4 credits

  • Enhancement of communicative skills in Arabic with a focus on development of the ability to read, appreciate and discuss Arabic writing. (Conducted in Arabic).
  • Prerequisite 202 or equivalent. 

311 ARABIC CULTURAL EXPERIENCE ABROAD 1-8 credits

  • Residence and study abroad in an Arabic-speaking country.
  • May be repeated once with different content. Only 8 credits allowable for minor in Arabic.
  • Prerequisite: permission of Department chair. 

422 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ARABIC 1-4 credits

  • Development of specialized language skills or reading of significant works of literature or culture not studied in other courses. (Conducted in Arabic.)
  • May be repeated once with different topic for a maximum total of 8 credits.
  • Prerequisite: Two of the group 301, 302, 303, 304 or permission of instructor. 

497 INDIVIDUAL READING IN ARABIC 1-4 credits

  • Individual study under the guidance of professor. May be repeated once with departmental permission for a total of credits. 
  • Prerequisite: 202 and permission of the instructor and department chair. 

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