B.A. Arabic Degree Requirements

Foundations

  • 1st Year English or equivalent
  • Math: PHIL 110, LING 123, MATH 105, 107, 112 or higher
  • 4th semester second language proficiency

General Education

  • 6 units Tier 1 Individuals & Societies
  • 6 units Tier 1 Traditions & Cultures
  • 6 units Tier 1 Natural Sciences
     
  • 3 units Tier 2 Humanities
  • 3 units Tier 2 Natural Sciences
  • 3 units Tier 2 Arts
  • 3 units Diversity

Minor

Required, minimum of 18 units (or double-major)

Modern Standard Arabic Courses

  • Complete all the following courses (16 units)
The course promotes multiple literacies in an integrated approach to Arabic language and culture studies and builds students' ability to function at the advanced level in a variety of topics.
The course promotes multiple literacies in an integrated approach to Arabic language and culture studies and builds students' ability to function at the advanced level in a variety of topics.
This course is aimed at students with solid advanced-level language skills. Building on this foundation, the course is designed to promote the development of superior level proficiency by increasing students' vocabulary, strengthening reading ability, str
The course is designed to promote the development of superior level proficiency in all four-language skills by increasing students' vocabulary, strengthening the reading abilities, refining and expanding students' knowledge of sentence structure and the mechanism of the Arabic verb system.

Language & Society

  • Complete the following course (3 units)
A course designed to explore the social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of Middle Eastern countries.

Major Electives in Arabic

  • Complete 2 of the following courses (6 units)
Extensive oral drill with emphasis on the acquisition of the facility in normal conversation and comprehension.
Extensive oral drill with emphasis on the acquisition of the facility in normal conversation and comprehension.
Introduction to Moroccan, its vocabulary, structure and sound system through a communicative learning approach.
This is a continuation of ARB 427A-527A. The focus is on spoken rather than written Arabic and will target oral/aural skills, speaking and listening. Knowledge of Arabic orthography is not required, as the text is in phonetic transcription.
Introduction to the Cairene dialect. Phonology, common greetings, basic vocabulary and grammar.
Introduction to the Cairene dialect. Phonology, common greetings, basic vocabulary and grammar.
This course is aimed at both native Arabic-speaking students and advanced-level Arabic language learners. It will provide a comprehensive overview of ethnic, religious and linguistic groups in the contemporary Arab World. It will investigate the modern representations and lived realities of these communities from diverse political, cultural, and historical perspectives. The course is designed to strengthen all four language skills by increasing Arabic vocabulary, enhancing reading abilities, and refining listening skills. In addition to academic articles and book chapters, the assigned materials will draw on a wide range of genres including newspaper articles, memoirs, documentaries and other visual media.
This situation-based course builds on the proficiency acquired in the second "Conversational Levantine Arabic" course or equivalent and assists the student in reaching an intermediate-high level of proficiency in oral communication and aural comprehension.
Intermediate Levantine Arabic II is the fourth course in the Levantine Arabic sequence begun in "Conversational Levantine Arabic". The course focuses on spoken rather than written Arabic, and will, therefore, target primarily the oral/aural skills, speaking and listening.
Arabic Media content encompasses a wide variety of themes and styles that may come across as hard to decipher for Arabic learners.  However, media language can become largely predictable once students possess a "toolkit" that they can use to navigate each theme and accompanying style. This course will address a variety of themes ranging from current affairs to sports and natural disasters that will offer students the opportunity to tackle content that is typical of media texts and prepare them for reading authentic news by themselves. Students will learn how to discuss these topics as well as describe and narrate events both orally and in writing and in multi-modal form. The course embraces the diglossic nature of Arabic by explicitly integrating and welcoming use of materials that include Modern Standard Arabic as well as the various Arabic dialects. It is aligned with ACTFL's updated Arabic guidelines that perceive the Arabic language as a continuum in which both the local varieties and Modern Standard Arabic constitute a whole in terms of usage. Moreover, the course builds students' digital literacy by providing them opportunities for research as well as oral and written production in Arabic using technology.  This is also intended to support student autonomy, learning inside and outside the classroom and their ability to continue using these skills beyond this course.  In fact, it is expected that students will start using Arabic news sources as one of the venues where they will get their news especially if they are interested in getting multiple perspectives on the same story. Active participation is expected from all members of the class.  Students get a chance to choose the news stories that interest them for their homework as long as they are related to the theme of the week.  They read, watch, or listen to the stories then briefly present and discuss them with classmates in class.  Where disagreement on issues occurs, respectful behavior that is inclusive of all is expected from all participants in the discussions.   The themes that will be covered in the course include the following and may be modified to include others as needed: Elections, Diplomacy, Violence, War and Military Action, Economy, Law, Trade and Industry, and Natural Disasters. Each theme will take about 1.5 weeks on average (3 sessions) to complete followed by projects and presentations that integrate themes covered till then.
This course presents selections of Arabic literary prose from a variety of different time periods of the late 19th and 20th centuries and represents various geographical regions.
This course presents varieties of texts from different prose genres - - history, biography, geography, Adab, literature: proverbs, stories, animal fables, Assemblies (ãÞÇãÇÊ) and popular literature (the Arabian Nights) spanning over a five hundred year period.
This course presents selections of Arabic poetry from a variety of different time periods, from pre-Islamic to Muslim Spain (Andalusia). Each poem will be analyzed in light of modern literary criticism and its infinitely rich and highly articulated language
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall vary depending on the content of the course.
The exchange of scholarly information on various topics related to the linguistic situation in the Arab World in particular and the Middle East in general. The scope of work shall consist of critical evaluation- both oral and written- of scholarly books and articles.
This course explores the history of the end of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans. Three approaches constitute the organizational framework. The first provides the chronological overview of Ottoman history necessary to see the last 150 years of the empire in perspective and in detail. The second explores a variety of topics chosen to highlight some of the broader transformations of the period. The third revolves around the problematic notion of the Ottoman historical legacy in the post-Ottoman era.

Major Electives in English

  • Complete 2 of the following courses (6 units)
History and structure of the Arabic language in its various forms.
Overview of classical Arabic literature; pre-Islamic era to Abbasid periods. Explore artistic poetic characteristics of each of these periods and their most important genres. Examine political, social, intellectual and religious environments in the emergence of these four distinctive pieces of literature.
A consideration of Islam, one of the world's major religions, and the view of the universe and the modes of behavior and values it advocates. Most of the course will be dedicated to an examination of the majority (Sunni) opinion, but some attention will be directed also to the more significant minority (Shi'i, et al.) positions as well. The course has no prerequisite but does build on the information presented in TRAD 101 Middle Eastern Humanities.
This course centers on novels from Arab countries, Iran and Turkey, focusing on how particular narrative forms enable particular visions of morality and social order.
The course objectives are (1) to acquaint students with traditional literature and contemporary research on Islamic movements, and 2) to introduce students to the historical and ideological basis of an emerging globalized political Islam.
The objectives are to highlight the thematic, theoretical, and methodological approaches and contributions in the field of North African studies and to underline the relationship, continuities, and discontinuities between the colonial past and postcolonial realities.
Explores the social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of Middle Eastern countries with the central goal of introducing students to the correlation between social and linguistic variables from a contemporary sociolinguistic perspective.
Origin and development of Sufism and its impact on Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.
This course examines the grammatical structure, linguistic usage, and sociolinguistic status of a particular language from the Near East. The language covered changes each year but may include varieties of Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, and other languages of the region.
This course introduces Middle Eastern women's issues through a critical reading of literary works written by women in the major languages of the Near East (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) that are available in translation. Readings include poetry, short stories, and novels all analyzed within their social context.
The modern Middle East in the age of imperialism, world wars, state formation, decolonization, and Islamic resistance.
Origins of Zionism, and Palestinian and other Arab nationalisms from the nineteenth century and the post-1948 Arab-Israel state conflict in the Cold War era.
The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants.
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
This course explores the history of the end of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans. Three approaches constitute the organizational framework. The first provides the chronological overview of Ottoman history necessary to see the last 150 years of the empire in perspective and in detail. The second explores a variety of topics chosen to highlight some of the broader transformations of the period. The third revolves around the problematic notion of the Ottoman historical legacy in the post-Ottoman era.
This course focuses on Islamic Law and Society, topics such as the life and teachings of Muhammad, political and theological controversies, and the classical tradition of Islam.
What modernity is and how it came about have long been hotly contested questions. The relationship between modernity and colonialism has often been central in these debates. The course considers this relationship by investigating how intellectuals in colonized lands have understood and critiqued modernity in comparison with Western theories.

Electives

Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the 120 total units or 42 upper-division units.

Arabic Flagship Program

If you participate in the Arabic Flagship program, up to 4 of your Arabic major courses can be satisfied through the study abroad programs you will participate in.