Arabic Studies

  • Department Information

    Arabic Studies

    Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

    Director of Arabic Language Program Sulzer-Reichel

    This section contains information specific to courses taught in Arabic. Other courses relevant to the Arabic Studies major/minor are listed under Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC). For full information regarding departmental policies relevant to all LLC programs, study abroad, and course sequencing, see the main page of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

  • Major

    The Arabic Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

    Nine courses, including:

    ARAB 231 Arabic Comprehension

    ARAB 301 Advanced Arabic I

    ARAB 302 Advanced Arabic II

    Four courses chosen from the following at least one of which must be a 400-level course:

    ARAB 303/ARAB 304 (The two half credit courses count as one) Advanced Arabic Conversation

    ARAB 401 Arabic in Media

    ARAB 402 Introduction to Arabic in Literature

    LLC 346 Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West


    Two courses, chosen in addition from those above or the following:

    ANTH 350 Sex and Gender in the Middle East

    ARAB 315 Grammar Through Texts

    ARAB 397 Selected Topics

    CLSC 321 Archaeology of the Middle East

    HIST 199 The Great War in the Middle East

    HIST 271 The Modern Middle East

    HIST 272 The Ottoman Empire

    HIST 370 Contending Visions of the Middle East

    LAWE 685 International Law Practicum

    PLSC 355 International Relations of the Middle East

    RELG 103 Introduction to Islam

    RELG 244 Sex and Family in the Greek and Roman Worlds

    RELG 263 Religion and the Arts

    RELG 268 Religion and Literature

    RELG 287 Ninety-nine Names of God

    RELG 288 Saints and Sinners in Muslim Literature

    RELG 385 Sufism: Introduction to Islamic Mysticism

    Or any other relevant course with the approval of the Arabic Studies faculty.

    Students MUST complete an approved study abroad experience as part of the Arabic Studies major. The study abroad experience can be fulfilled through a semester or a summer study abroad program associated with the University of Richmond, or other summer or semester programs in universities or institutions in the Arab World approved by the Arabic Studies faculty.

    Students MUST take one 400-level course in Arabic at the University of Richmond after they return from abroad.

    Students can transfer up to three courses to fulfill their Arabic Studies major requirements.

    It is advisable that students sign up for a C-LAC section with the courses that are not taught in Arabic.

  • Minor

    The Arabic Studies Minor

    Five units, including:

    ARAB 231 Arabic Comprehension

    ARAB 301 Advanced Arabic

    ARAB 302 Advanced Arabic II

    ARAB 397 Selected Topics

    One unit, chosen from:

    ANTH 350 Sex and Gender in the Middle East
    ARAB 401 Arabic in the Media
    ARAB 402 Introduction to Arabic in Literature
    ARAB 495 Independent Study in Arabic Studies
    HIST 199 The Great War in the Middle East
    HIST 271 The Modern Middle East
    HIST 272 The Ottoman Empire
    HIST 370 Contending Visions of the Middle East
    LAWE 685 Muslim Family Law (when cross-listed with Arabic)
    LLC 346 Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West
    PLSC 355 International Relations of the Middle East
    RELG 103 Introduction to Islam
    RELG 244 Sex and Family in the Greek and Roman Worlds
    RELG 263 Religion and the Arts
    RELG 268 Religion and Literature
    RELG 287 Ninety-nine Names of God
    RELG 288 Saints and Sinners in Muslim Literature
    RELG 385 Sufism: Introduction to Islamic Mysticism
  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    For students of Arabic, the department offers a summer study program in Jordan. One or two Semester Study Abroad programs are available in Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and other Arabic speaking countries (contingent upon the security situation in the individual countries). For a complete list, contact the Office of International Education.

Courses

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  • ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic with Drill

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic language and culture; development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  • ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic with Drill

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic language and culture; development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  • ARAB 221 Intensive Intermediate Arabic Language with Practice

    Units: 2

    Description

    Intensive intermediate Arabic. Increased emphasis on grammar and the building of vocabulary.

    Prerequisites

    ARAB 102.

  • ARAB 231 Arabic Comprehension

    Units: 1

    Description

    Intermediate Arabic comprehension. Increased emphasis on understanding spoken as well as written texts as well as the ability of the students to orally express themselves.

    Prerequisites

    ARAB 221.

  • ARAB 301 Advanced Arabic

    Units: 1

    Description

    Deepens and refines students' knowledge of the grammatical structures of the Arabic language with a focus on comprehension and discussion of texts taken mainly from Arabic news media. Part of the course will be devoted to building the students' familiarity with regional dialects (Egyptian or Levantine Arabic) and strengthening oral proficiency skills.

  • ARAB 302 Advanced Arabic II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continues to build students' knowledge of Arabic language and culture. Course materials include readings from contemporary short stories, excerpts from novels, and poetry. As an initial introduction to Arabic literature, the course emphasizes writing and speaking in Modern Standard Arabic, thus modeling the language spoken at international conferences. In an additional session per week, students will practice their debating skills in Arabic in the form of a mini colloquium.

  • ARAB 303 Advanced Arabic Conversation

    Units: .5

    Description

    Intensive training to develop practical communicative skills and accelerate oral proficiency.

  • ARAB 304 Advanced Arabic Conversation

    Units: .5

    Description

    Intensive training to develop practical communicative skills and accelerate oral proficiency.

  • ARAB 315 Grammar Through Texts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Provides a critical look at the contemporary Arab World and the different aspects of modern Arab culture using authentic Arabic language materials in Modern Standard Arabic. Readings vary by semester. Course material designed to move students from mid to high intermediate. Primary focus is the better understanding of complex sentence structures and the rapid expansion of functional vocabulary.

    Prerequisites

    ARAB 302

  • ARAB 389 Practice Assistantship

    Units: 1

    Description

    Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequence in Arabic. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.

  • ARAB 397 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Selected topics related to Arabic language, literature, and culture, to be offered at the discretion of the department.

  • ARAB 401 Arabic in the Media

    Units: 1

    Description

    Reviews the basic structures, grammar, and the first 1000 most frequent words of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) learned in earlier courses. Introduces the next 750 high-frequency words in a variety of contexts with strong cultural content. Drills in the more advanced grammatical structures of MSA. Develops reading skills assisting with comprehending a variety of MSA authentic media texts of various genres and performing reading tasks ranging from Intermediate to Intermediate High on the ACTFL scale.

  • ARAB 402 Introduction to Arabic in Literature

    Units: 1

    Description

    Conducts a quick review of the basic structures, grammar, and the first 1750 most frequent words of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) learned in earlier courses. Introduces the next 750 high frequency words in a variety of contexts with strong cultural content. Drills in the more advanced grammatical structures of MSA. Develops reading skills that will assist in comprehending a variety of MSA authentic literary texts of various genres and performing reading tasks ranging from Intermediate Mid to Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.

  • ARAB 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

  • ARAB 495 Independent Study in Arabic Studies

    Units: 0.5-1

    Description

    Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.