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

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  • CAS LY 111: Elementary Modern Arabic 1
    Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Beginner Mid level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Practice speaking, listening, reading, writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities.
  • CAS LY 112: Elementary Modern Arabic 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 111.
    Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Beginner High level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Practice speaking, listening, reading, writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities.
  • 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 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 112.
    Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Intermediate Low level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Practice speaking, listening, reading, writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities.
  • CAS LY 212: Second-Year Modern Arabic 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 211.
    Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Intermediate Mid level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Practice speaking, listening, reading, writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LY 214: Levantine Arabic 1
    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 215: Levantine Arabic 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 214; or novice-high proficiency level in the Levantine dialect.
    Advances communicative proficiency in Levantine colloquial Arabic to the intermediate level. Using engaging materials and activities, students learn and practice vocabulary and grammar essential for practical everyday communication with Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians, Jordanians. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LY 303: Third-Year Modern Arabic 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 212.
    Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Intermediate Mid/High level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Practice speaking, listening, reading, writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities.
  • CAS LY 304: Third-Year Modern Arabic 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 303.
    Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Advanced Low level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Practice speaking, listening, reading, writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities.
  • CAS LY 350: Intr Arabic Lit
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LY 303; or equivalent.
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • 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. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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 Spring 2018, Section C1: Muslim Travelers. How have Muslim travelers past and present written about places and people they saw abroad, and how have Western travelers in the Muslim lands described their travels in "the East"? Readings include Nasir Khusraw, Ibn Battuta, Eliza Fay, and Robert Byron.
  • CAS LY 471: Topics in Arab Culture and Arabic Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Intermediate Mid-High proficiency level in Arabic; course is taught in Arabic.
    May be taken multiple times for credit as topics change. Topic for Spring 2017: Traveling the Middle East. Explores several Arab countries and virtually travels to them. Uses authentic materials (e.g., travel websites and videos) to learn about these countries, including 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.