Arabic Course of Instruction

ARA 101 - Beginning Arabic I: Language and Culture

An introduction to the Arabic language and to the cultures of the Arabic-speaking world. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the beginning level. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered fall semester.
Credits: 4

 

ARA 102 - Beginning Arabic II: Language and Culture

Continuation of ARA 101. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the beginning level. Arabic culture integrated throughout. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in ARA 101, or credit.
Credits: 4

 

ARA 180 - Special Topics in Arabic

Expectations of students approximate those in other 100-level courses. May be repeated when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

ARA 201 - Intermediate Arabic I: Language and Culture

Continuation of ARA 102. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Arabic culture integrated throughout. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Students who did not complete ARA 102 at GVSU are strongly encouraged to take the free Placement Test in the Language Resource Center prior to registering. Counts toward the Arabic minor. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in ARA 102 or credit.
Credits: 4

 

ARA 202 - Intermediate Arabic II: Language and Culture

Continued practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Review of grammar and expansion of vocabulary. Focus on Arabic culture through authentic texts and multimedia materials. Continuation of ARA 201. Students who did not complete 201 at GVSU are strongly encouraged to take the free Placement Test in the Language Resource Center prior to registering. Counts towards the Arabic minor and the Middle East studies minor. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in ARA 201, or credit, or appropriate placement test score. 
Credits: 4

 

ARA 280 - Special Topics in Arabic

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 200-level courses. May be repeated when content differs. No more than four credits can be applied to the minor or major. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

ARA 285 - Colloquial and Media Arabic

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 301 - Arabic Conversation

This course provides extensive practice in colloquial Arabic, with a focus on every day practical language. The course also provides a brief overview of major dialects and their relationship to Modern Standard Arabic. Students are trained to recognize and use various layers of Arabic in their proper cultural context. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: ARA 102 or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 302 - Arabic Composition

The course is intended to develop skills in writing correct Arabic sentences, paragraphs, and longer texts relating to various topics. Review of Arabic grammar through an analysis of various Arabic texts. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: ARA 102 or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 310 - Media Arabic

This course provides extensive practice in comprehending Media Arabic, including print and nonprint materials. The course trains students both in the idiom of the news media, but also in the broader media output, including cultural materials, songs, and how news is portrayed in various cultural contexts. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: ARA 102 or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 312 - Contemporary Arabic Culture

This course explores aspects of contemporary Arabic culture through a variety of Arabic materials, including autobiographies, literature (poetry, fiction, and drama), film, and music. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: ARA 102 or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 320 - Practical Arabic Translations

This course provides both an enhancement of techniques of translation and practical experience for various areas of translation. Assignments focus on the process and quality of translation with emphasis on cultural differences. Students will work on solving stylistic, syntactic, cultural, terminological, and technical problems encountered in the translation process. Course offered winter semester. Prerequisite: ARA 201.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 330: Arab Identity in Literature and Culture

This course examines the complexities of forming, constructing, and shaping Arab identity within a vast Arab world. Such complexity will be examined through written and oral accounts, audio and visual sources, and literary authors from the Arab world. All materials read in English translation. Does not count toward Arabic minor. Part of the Identity Issue. Cross-listed with MES 330. Course offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Credits: 3

 

ARA 380 - Special Topics in Arabic

Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

ARA 386 - Arabic through Culture and Customs

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 2

 

ARA 480 - Special Topics in Arabic

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 400-level courses. May be repeated when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4