Course Descriptions

Arabic Courses

Faculty

Professor: Tama Engelking (Chairperson); Associate Professor:  Hebat El-Attar; Assistant Professor: Abed Tayyara.

Course Descriptions

Students with native experience of Arabic may not enroll for credit in 100-level courses in Arabic.

All students with training or experience in Arabic other than a previous course in that language at Cleveland State must consult a counselor in the Department of Modern Languages for assistance in deciding where to enter the Arabic sequence. Failure to seek counseling may result in schedule shifts during the first week of class.

ARB 101, 102 Arabic I, II (4-2-5). Prerequisite: ARB 101: None; ARB 102: Completion of ARB 101 with a "C" or better or permission of instructor. This course covers the essentials of Arabic usage; practice in hearing, speaking, reading, and writing. There is a lab fee. Return to top

ARB 193, 293, 393, 493 Special Topics in Arabic (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This is the study of a particular topic in Arabic language, literature, or civilization. This may be repeated with a change in topic. Return to top

ARB 194, 294, 394, 494 Special Topics in Arabic (Writing) (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This is the study of a particular topic in Arabic language, literature, or civilization. This may be repeated with a change in topic. Return to top

ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ARB 102 or permission of instructor. This course focuses on culture and language as well as on improving listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities. It includes a language laboratory component in the Media Lab. Return to top

ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ARB 201 or permission of instructor. This is an ongoing review and expansion of skills development through reading short narratives, conversation and media. Readings are drawn from literary texts and articles on contemporary Middle Eastern society. It includes a language laboratory component in the Media Lab. Return to top

ARB 274 Introduction to the Middle East (4-0-4). This course is designed to introduce students to the history, religious diversity, political systems, economy, and culture of the Middle East. The course includes a brief examination of ancient Middle Eastern civilizations and its history to the world. The course also examines important historical junctures influencing the region today. It includes the contents, similarities, and diversities of Middle Eastern culture. The course examines three monotheistic religions and how Middle Easterners vary widely in their religious beliefs. It explores how this religious variance impacts Middle Eastern culture. The course introduces students to multiple aspects of the arts. The course is taught in English. It is cross-listed with HIS 274 and PSC 274. Return to top

ARB 301 Conversation and Composition (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ARB 202 or the equivalent, or permission of instructor. This course covers advanced conversation and composition in Arabic; improvement of all language skills and grammar with an emphasis on oral expression. Return to top

ARB 302 Writing and Media (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ARB 301 or the equivalent, or permission of instructor. This course covers advanced conversation and composition in Arabic; improvement of all language skills and grammar. There is writing emphasis using media related materials and topics. Return to top

ARB 335 Arab Film (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ARB 301 or ARB 302 or permission of instructor. This course uses Arab films to introduce students to major cultural features of the Arab world. Students complete reading and writing assignments in Arabic. It may be cross-listed with MLA 235. Return to top

ARB 345 Arabic Resources of Cleveland/ Service Learning (1 to 4 variable credits). Prerequisite: ARB 201 or ARB 202, or permission of instructor. This is a service learning course that complements class meetings with field study assignments to engage students with Arabic-speaking communities in the Cleveland area. Readings and writings in Arabic. It may be cross-listed with MLA 245. Return to top

ARB 371 Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ARB 301 or ARB 302, or permission of instructor. This course introduces students to classical Arabic literature from the pre-Islamic period to the Abbasid caliphate. Works are examined in their social and historical context with an emphasis on the religio-political discourses of early Islamic society. It is taught in Arabic. Return to top

ARB 372 Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ARB 301 or ARB 302, or permission of instructor. This course is an introduction to Modern Literature in Arab societies (e.g. Morocco, Egypt, Syria), with a focus on major writers from the late 19th and 20th centuries. It is taught in Arabic. Return to top

ARB 380 Women in the Arab World (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ARB 301 or the equivalent, or permission of instructor. The course examines women in Arab societies as portrayed in literature, film and art. It focuses on questions of identity related to topics such as family roles, religion, education, and politics. Readings and writings in Arabic. It may be cross-listed with MLA 280. Return to top

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