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A r a b i c

NOTE: Students who intend to minor in Arabic should prepare their schedules in consultation with an Arabic faculty adviser. To declare the minor and be assigned an adviser, please contact the Department Associate Chair in your college.
 
T h e   M i n o r   i n   A r a b i c
 

The minor in Arabic offers students the opportunity to study the Arabic language and culture structurally and functionally. Our curriculum reflects the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999) which describes the five C's of language acquisition: communication, culture, comparisons, connections, and community. Students in the Arabic minor have the opportunity to practice the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational), to learn about Arabic culture (products, practices and perspectives), and to make comparisons between their first language and culture and the Arabic language and culture. In addition, students make connections to other fields of study unavailable to them through their native language.


Requirements:
 
The Arabic minor consists of six courses, three of which must be taken at Fordham. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in order to fulfill minor requirements. Students must take 6 courses numbered 1501 and above. These must include ARAB 2002 and ARAB 2400 and at least 1 course numbered 3000. Students who placed out of any of the following: ARAB 1501, 1502, 2001, will replace them with either 2000 or 3000 upper-level elective courses. Up to 1 course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the readings and assignments are done in Arabic. Students may also apply up to 2 courses from study abroad toward the minor:
 
Required core courses:
 
ARAB 1501 (Intermediate Arabic I)
ARAB 1502 (Intermediate Arabic II)
ARAB 2001 Language and Literature
 
Required 2 2000-level courses from the following electives:
 
ARAB 2002 Language and Literature
ARAB 2400 Approaches to Arabic Culture          
 
Required 1 3000-level course from the following electives:
 
ARAB  3002 Topics in Arabic Culture
ARAB 3040- Topics in Arabic Literature
ARAB 4999 Independent Study
 
Up to 1 course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the student does the readings and assignments in Arabic:
 
MLAL 3440 Arabic Literature in English Translation
MLAL 3442 Arabic Culture and the News Media

Study Abroad Policy:
Studying abroad is not required. However, students interested in the Arabic minor are strongly encouraged to study in an Arabic speaking country such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, or Syria for at least one semester. The study abroad programs provide the student with classes of Modern Standard Arabic and an immersion experience in a spoken Arabic dialect. Up to two courses for the Arabic minor may be taken abroad. 

NOTE: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their minor must have these courses approved by their Arabic faculty adviser prior to their going abroad.
 
 C o u r s e   O f f e r i n g s   a t   F o r d h a m
 
In all 1000-level language courses, students may not enroll in a course at a lower level once they have completed a more advanced-level course.
 
ARAB 1001 - Introduction to Arabic I (Fall and Summer)
An introductory course that focuses on the four skills: reading, speaking, writing, and listening, providing students vocabulary and culture, which, studied interdependently, comprise the Arabic language.
5.000 Credit hours
5.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab
 
ARAB 1002 - Introduction to Arabic II (Spring and Summer)
For students with no previous knowledge of Arabic. Intensive aural-oral practice. Fundamentals of grammar. Conversation. Graded composition. No credit will be given for ME 1001 without successful completion of ME 1002.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab
 
ARAB 1501 - Intermediate Arabic I (Fall only)
Continued study of the fundamentals of the Arabic linguistic system with systematically organized reading, writing and conversation exercises. Introduction to literary texts.
 3.000 Credit hours
 3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab
 
ARAB 1502 - Intermediate Arabic II (Spring only)
Continued study of the fundamentals of the Arabic linguistic system with systematically organized reading, writing and conversation exercises. Introduction to literary texts.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab
 
ARAB 2001 - Arabic Language and Literature I (Fall and Spring)
These courses are designed for students who have a solid knowledge of Arabic language basics, essential vocabulary, and verb forms and tenses. Text material and course work will focus on developing and expanding the student's vocabulary, learning new grammatical structures and usages, developing good listening and writing skills, applying literal and inferential comprehension skills (reading from magazines, newspapers and short stories. Videos and films are also included), practicing oral skills during class time through structural exercises, and completing written assignments to reinforce the student's understanding of the concepts studied in class.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture
 
ARAB 2002 - Arabic Language and Literature II (Spring only)
These courses are designed for students who have a solid knowledge of Arabic language basics, essential vocabulary, and verb forms and tenses. Text materials and course work will focus on developing and expanding the student's vocabulary, learning new grammatical structures and usages, developing good listening and writing skills, applying literal and inferential comprehension skills (reading from magazines, newspapers, and short stories. Videos and films are also included), practicing oral skills during class time through structural exercises, and completing written assignments to reinforce the student's understanding of the concepts studied in class.  Prerequisite ARAB 2001.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture
 
ARAB 2400 - Approaches to Arabic Culture (Fall only)
This course is based on the knowledge and skills gained in Arabic Language & Literature II. The main focus is on developing fluency and sophistication in reading, writing, and in oral communication. This course is designed to train students how to evaluate and revise their writing in Arabic, while continuing to review and refine pertinent grammatical structures. It aims to increase the students' familiarity with Arabic culture by working with selected Arabic literary texts and Arabic periodicals. The course will be conducted in Arabic.   Prerequisite ARAB 2002
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture
 
 
OTHER 2000-LEVEL COURSES:

ARAB 2601 – Arabic Conv and Comp (4 credits)
Intensive practice of the spoken and written language with emphasis on proper use of idioms and building of vocabulary based on topics of interest and relevance. A basic course for prospective majors and minors. Prerequisite: ARAB 2002.

ARAB 2650 – Business Arabic I (4 credits)
Development of oral proficiency used in daily communication within the business world, preparing the students both in technical vocabulary and situational usage. Introduction to specialized vocabulary in business and economics. Readings in management, operations, marketing, advertising, banking, etc. Practice in writing business correspondence. Prerequisite(s): ARAB 2001 or permission of instructor. 

ARAB 3002 - Topics in Arabic Culture
The study of Arabic societies through their cultural expressions: literature, art, music, film, and print journalism. To focus, in a given semester, on topics such as: “Arab World Today”, “Introduction to Arabic Music”, and “Arab Identity Post 911 in the United States.” Prerequisite ARAB 2400.
 
ARAB 3040 - Topics in Arabic Literature
The study of the rich tradition of Arabic language literature. To focus, in a given semester, on topics such as: “Modern Arabic Literature”, “Literature of the Quran”, “Arab Middle Ages”, “Arabic Resistance Literature”, and “Contemporary Egyptian Literature.”
 
Like the previous culture course this is a course that will focus on specific topics from semester to semester: It is a course that will allow us to teach any aspect of Arabic literature. Prerequisite ARAB 2002.
 
COURSES IN TRANSLATION:

MLAL 3440 - Arabic Literature in English Translation (Fall and Spring)
This course is a general survey of Arabic literature, from the 6th century A.D. till our present day. We will investigate the development of the literary genres of the Arabic canon, while keeping a keen (and critical) eye on the political, cultural, religious and social circumstances that have accompanied—and, in many cases, given rise to—this development.
4.000 Credit hours
--------Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture
 
MLAL 3442 - Arabic Culture and the News Media (Spring only)
The American news media portrays the Arab world as one of endless political upheaval and repression, with a culture shaped strictly by Islam. This course broadens students' understanding of contemporary Arab societies through the study of Arab TV/radio/print/internet news, propaganda and cartoons - from those sanctioned by government-run outlets to those of national-resistance activists, democracy-promoting movements and even jihadists. The news is used in this course to investigate cultural issues, including political authority and decision-making, religion, gender and family dynamics, in Arab societies as well as to explore American-Arab relations. Through a study of the media, students compare Arab culture as portrayed by American media and American culture as portrayed by the media in Arab world.The class is conducted in English, with materials in English and Arabic with English subtitles.
4.000 Credit hours
------- Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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