Arabic Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


ARABIC STUDIES MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete 1 course from the following:

    ARAB 193 Introduction to Arab Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
    ARIN 193 Introduction to Arab Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. Complete a total of 15 semester hours from the following:

    1. Electives

      9 semester hours - 15 semester hours from:

      1. . ARIN 185 cannot be taken if ARAB 185 is taken as a as a language elective.

        ANTH 115 Cultures of the Middle East (3 hours lecture) 3
        ARHT 101 Art in Non-Western Societies (3 hours lecture) 3
        ARIN 185 The Arab World and Religion (3 hours lecture) 3
        ARIN 478 Independent Study in Arabic Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 378 Geography of the Middle East (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENGL 230 Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 109 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 112 Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 334 Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 342 Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 hours lecture) 3
        RELG 246 Islamic Religious Traditions (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours may be taken from:

        FREN 283 Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
        FRIN 283 Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Language Electives

      0 semester hours - 6 semester hours may be taken from the following: .ARAB 185 may not be taken if ARIN 185 is taken as a non-language elective

      ARAB 101 Beginning Arabic I (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 112 Beginning Arabic II (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 121 Intermediate Arabic I (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 132 Intermediate Arabic II (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 185 The Arab World and Religion (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 203 Advanced Arabic I (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 204 Advanced Arabic II (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 218 Spoken Arabic (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 220 Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature (3 hour lecture) 3
      ARAB 221 Media Arabic (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 261 Arabic Writing I (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 351 Advanced Spoken Arabic (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 375 Arabic Study Abroad 3-9
      ARAB 376 Arabic Writing II (3 hours lecture) 3
      ARAB 411 Quranic/Classical Arabic (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH115: Cultures of the Middle East (3 hours lecture)

The Middle East culture area in anthropological perspective. Emphasis is placed on the nature of different interlocking cultural systems which are adaptations to environmental stresses in the Middle East. The concepts of culture and society will be explored in the context of course materials. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

ARAB101: Beginning Arabic I (3 hours lecture)

A basic introduction to the Arabic language with emphasis on speaking, reading, writing and listening through classroom drill and communicative activities. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

ARAB112: Beginning Arabic II (3 hours lecture)

For students who have completed Beginning Arabic I. Continuation of basic skills, intensive vocabulary practice through reading texts on culture and life of the Arabic-speaking world. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

ARAB121: Intermediate Arabic I (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Arabic 101 and 112 at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level. Though the course continues to build on the listening comprehension skills developed in Beginning Arabic I and II, the focus is on reading and writing through the study of representative works and characteristic aspects of Arabic culture. Laboratory work is available. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 112.

ARAB132: Intermediate Arabic II (3 hours lecture)

For students who have completed Arabic 121 at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level. Advanced development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing through the study of authentic texts, representative works and characteristic aspects of Arab life and culture. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 121.

ARAB185: The Arab World and Religion (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the various manifestations of religion in modern Arab culture. Through works written by both Arab and Western authors, students will explore the major religions of the Arab world, and how they have shaped modern Arab culture. Course conducted in English. Students wishing to complete written work in Arabic should register under the ARAB number; students completing written work in English should register under the ARIN number. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

ARAB193: Introduction to Arab Culture (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces some of the main themes and concepts of Arab culture(s) in Arabic-speaking countries. This course will highlight such topics as the history, geography, and demographics of the Arab World; the concept of ethnicity and Arab identity; the importance of religion, namely Islam; political structures in Arab societies; family structure; the role of the Arabic language; literature, cinema; music, etc. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Cross listed with ARIN 193. 3 sh.

ARAB203: Advanced Arabic I (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Arabic I and II at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level through an MSU official placement test. The course incorporates substantially more vocabulary than the previous two intermediate levels. Through the study of representative authentic works that highlight different aspects of the Arab culture, the accompanying tasks and activities emphasize reading and writing. Activities aimed at improving speaking and listening skills are incorporated as well. Laboratory work available. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course ARAB 151 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 132.

ARAB204: Advanced Arabic II (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Advanced Arabic I at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level through and MSU official placement test. The course is a continuation of Arabic I and is characterized by more emphasis on reading and writing skills, listening and speaking are still adequately integrated in a manner that accomplishes advanced language proficiency. Laboratory work available. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course ARAB 152 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 203.

ARAB218: Spoken Arabic (3 hours lecture)

Spoken Arabic is an intermediate language course whose main objective is to enhance students' listening and speaking skills in the Arabic Language. The course will expose students to formal and informal spoken Arabic in various settings, and enable them to practice what they acquire in similar situations. Previous course ARAB 118 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 112.

ARAB220: Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature (3 hour lecture)

This course is designed for students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the Arabic language, as the majority of the material covered will be in Arabic. Most of the instruction, however, will be in English. The course presents representative poetry and prose composed in modern-day Arabic. We will analyze the works' principal themes and explore the times in which they were written. The purpose of the course is not only to familiarize students with Arabic literature, but to also build vocabulary, writing and grammar skills through the use of varied texts and writing assignments. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 132 or departmental approval.

ARAB221: Media Arabic (3 hours lecture)

Media Arabic is an advanced language course whose main objective is to enable students to master the language commonly used by the Arabic media and press. The course exposes students to the language of print and electronic media in the Arab world through exercises and authentic materials. Students will read news articles published in Arabic newspapers, and will watch/listen to newscasts aired on Arabic satellite TV and radio stations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 204.

ARAB261: Arabic Writing I (3 hours lecture)

Arabic Writing I is a high-intermediate language course whose focus is standard writing in modern Arabic. The course will expose students to authentic texts in Modern Standard Arabic about various topics and will develop their academic writing skills by focusing on using the composition process to write clear, well-organized, well-supported paragraphs and essays. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 112.

ARAB351: Advanced Spoken Arabic (3 hours lecture)

Advanced Spoken Arabic is an advanced language course whose main objective is to enhance students' skills in Arabic Language listening and speaking skills. The course will expose students to formal and informal spoken Arabic in various settings, and enable them to practice what they acquire in similar situations. Meets World Languages requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 218.

ARAB375: Arabic Study Abroad

This course is designed to give teachers and students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the historical, social, economic, and cultural life of an Arabic-speaking country or region. This aim will be achieved through visits to various representative sites, tours, and lectures. 3 - 9 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ARAB376: Arabic Writing II (3 hours lecture)

Arabic Writing II is an advanced language course whose focus is on formal writing in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The course will expose students to authentic texts in MSA about various topics and will develop their academic writing skills by focusing on the composition process to write clear, well-organized, well-supported advanced essays in various styles. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 261.

ARAB411: Quranic/Classical Arabic (3 hours lecture)

Quranic/Classical Arabic is an advanced language course whose main objective is to enable students to master Classical Arabic, the language commonly used in the Quran, poetry and highly advanced prose. The course exposes students to the early form of Arabic which is still used in many contexts, especially in the Quran, literature, most historical documents, books, and encyclopedias. Students will read various texts in Classical Arabic and watch movies and songs that use this variety of Arabic. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 375 or equivalent knowledge of MSA based on placement test or interview by the instructor.

ARHT101: Art in Non-Western Societies (3 hours lecture)

A consideration of the role of art in traditional non-western societies. Includes an examination of the integration of art into the society as a whole-the religions, economics, environment, and social order. The role art plays in social change and how it is affected by social change. Meets the Gen Ed 2002- Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Fulfills the Special Topics requirement for majors. Previous course ARHS 220 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

ARIN185: The Arab World and Religion (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the various manifestations of religion in modern Arab culture. Through works written by both Arab and Western authors students will explore the major religions of the Arab world, and how they have shaped modern Arab culture. Course conducted in English. Students wishing to complete written work in Arabic should register under the ARAB number; students completing written work in English should register under the ARIN number. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

ARIN193: Introduction to Arab Culture (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces some of the main themes and concepts of Arab culture(s) in Arabic-speaking countries. This course will highlight such topics as: the history, geography, and demographics of the Arab World; the concept of ethnicity and Arab identity; the importance of religion, namely Islam; political structures in Arab societies; family structure; the role of the Arabic language; literature; cinema; music, etc. Course conducted in English. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Cross listed with ARAB 193. Previous course ARIN 201 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

ARIN478: Independent Study in Arabic Studies (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide students and faculty with flexibility within the existing academic structure. Students and faculty may collaborate to create a course of study in Arabic studies which either supplements existing courses or fills in gaps which both or either student or faculty perceive in a student's curriculum. May be repeated twice for a total of 9.0 credits as long as the course content is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARAB 193.

EAES378: Geography of the Middle East (3 hours lecture)

Topical study of area extending from Morocco to Iran: arid land agriculture, nomadism, land tenure systems, settlement patterns, problems of industrial development, and socio-economic and military implications of region's oil wealth. Includes Arab culture and Islamic influences on urban and rural landscapes. Previous course EUGS 413 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 202, EAES 210, EAES 281, EAES 283 or departmental approval.

ENGL230: Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture (3 hours lecture)

Through an exploration of writings by and about Muslim women in various parts of the world, students will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the variety of aesthetic forms and narrative structures embodied therein. Representation in other cultural forms such as film will also be looked at to challenge monolithic assumptions. Previous course ENLT 230 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

FREN283: Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the representations of women in post-colonial literature by French-speaking women authors from North and Sub-Saharan Africa (readings in English translation). Students will explore major works of fiction by women authors as they relate to gender and cultural identity. Readings include novels that deal with contemporary socio-cultural issues. Meets the Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

FRIN283: Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the representations of women in post-colonial literature by French-speaking women authors from North and Sub-Saharan Africa (readings in English translation). Students will explore major works of fiction by women authors as they relate to gender and cultural identity. Readings include novels that deal with contemporary socio-cultural issues. Meets the Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST109: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 hours lecture)

Examination of various institutions and value systems in Islam which characterize it as a major civilization. Important cultural developments as they are affected by the process of transition. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST112: Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3 hours lecture)

This course aims to offer a general survey of the important themes and developments in Modern Middle Eastern History from 1750 to the present. By the end of the course, students should gain an appreciation of some of the major topics and issues that are central to the understanding of the Modern Middle East. Students will consider the social political and cultural history of the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western. 3 sh.

HIST334: Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations (3 hours lecture)

A survey of writings by and about Muslim women examined historiographically. We examine conventional wisdom about Muslim women through the ages, and how this "wisdom" was constructed: Who wrote about Muslim women? When? How? What purposes have these writings served at different times and places since the inception of Islam and during the course of its 1,500 year history. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Passing grade in the following: HIST 100; HIST 117 or 118; HIST 103 or 105 or 106; 108 or 109 or 114 or 116 or 128 or 129 or 131 or 132 or 133.

POLS342: Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 hours lecture)

Government and politics in the Arab states, Turkey, Israel and Iran. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

RELG246: Islamic Religious Traditions (3 hours lecture)

The course will start by examining the rise of Islam through the eyes of two fundamental Islamic texts, the Qur'an and the biography of Prophet Muhammad. It will then explore the history of Islam's formative and classical periods (632-1258 CE) in terms of theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, and mysticism, while emphasizing diversity of perspectives. The heart of Islam will be approached through the teachings of the Qur'an, hadith and the Islamic intellectual tradition. The encounter between Islam and other religious traditions will also be traced briefly. Major trends in contemporary Islam (traditionalism, liberalism, revivalism, etc.) will be identified and discussed through the writings of their major proponents. Meets General Education 2002, K2 NonWestern requirement. Previous course RELG 116 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102. Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.