Arabic: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LY 111: Elementary Modern Arabic I
    The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • CAS LY 112: Elementary Modern Arabic II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 111.
    The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • CAS LY 139: Intensive First-year Arabic for Heritage Learners
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement exam results.
    Intensive first-year Arabic for students already knowing the Arabic alphabet and possessing some colloquial Arabic conversation skills. Reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. One semester covers all material taught in CAS LY 111 and LY 112. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS LY 111 or LY 112.
  • CAS LY 211: Second-Year Modern Arabic I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 112.
    Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressed.
  • CAS LY 212: Second-Year Modern Arabic II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 211.
    Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressed.
  • CAS LY 214: Levantine Arabic
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 112; , or equivalent.
    To enhance oral communicative ability in colloquial Levantine Arabic. Introduces vocabulary, grammatical features, and cultural skills essential for informal communication with speakers of Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Jordanian Arabic.
  • CAS LY 303: Third-Year Modern Arabic I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 212.
    Advanced reading, composition, grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect.
  • CAS LY 304: Third-Year Modern Arabic II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 303.
    Continuing advanced reading, advanced composition; grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect.
  • CAS LY 350: Introduction to Arabic Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 303; or equivalent.
    Selection of Arabic poetry, short stories, novels, and drama. Focus on development and refinement of Arabic reading strategies, literary analysis of short passages, and writing and speaking skills. Readings and assignments in Arabic and English. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LY 411: Arab Society through Hip Hop and Cartoons
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 304; or ACTFL Intermediate Mid level and higher, or consent of instructor.
    Develop linguistic skills and cultural knowledge, especially the ability to discuss topics on social, cultural, and political problems in the Arab World. Texts include: hip hop music and lyrics, editorial cartoons, and news articles in Arabic.
  • CAS LY 420: Media Arabic
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 303; or consent of instructor.
    An advanced Arabic language course that builds skills in reading, listening, discussion, presentation, and composition while familiarizing students with a broad range of Arab online media and their coverage of current socio-political and cultural issues.
  • CAS LY 441: 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two literature courses or consent of instructor.
    What is The Thousand and One Nights? How has this ever-expanding collection appealed to its diverse audiences? Focus on Nights' structure and themes, notable translations and offshoots in western literature and art, and later appropriations by Arab and Muslim writers. Also offered as CAS EN 390 A1 and CAS XL 441 A1.
  • CAS LY 470: Topics in Arabic Literature
    May be taken multiple times for credit as topics change. Readings and assignments in English; readings also available in Arabic. Topic for Fall 2015: From Page to Screen: Film Adaptations of Persian and Arabic Literature. In this course we explore film, and other media, adaptations of Arabic and Persian literature. Students examine competing theories of adaptation and the historical changes that have occurred in film production in the Arab world and Iran. Also offered as CAS CI 390 A1 and CAS XL 315 A1.
  • CAS LY 471: Topics in Arab Culture and Arabic Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 304; or consent of instructor.
    May be taken multiple times for credit as topics change. Topic for Spring 2016: A Tour of the Middle East. Explores several Arab countries and virtually travels to them, using authentic materials (e.g., travel websites and videos) to learn about these countries, their major cities and tourist attractions. Students advance their Arabic proficiency through the travel theme.
  • CAS LY 491: Directed Study: Arabic
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LY 492: Directed Study: Arabic
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LY 572: Arabic Translation and Interpreting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 350 and CAS WR 150.
    Graduate Prerequisites: three years of Arabic or consent of instructor.
    Training in strategies of written translation between Arabic and English, and introduction to the challenges of oral interpreting. Exercises drawn from various contemporary materials including print and broadcast media as well as literary texts.