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Arabic Studies

Arabic language and Arabic culture have their own intrinsic value. Students will be acquainted with the heritage, culture, and classical traditions as well as civilizations of an important region, the Middle East, where the birth of all Monotheistic religions took place.  Being spoken by more than 180 million people, Arabic is an important means of communication in the political as well as economic world. Not only it is the language and culture of a great civilization, Islam, but it is among the World critical languages--it is the fourth official language in the United Nations-- which has a central place across all sectors of global economy. While it is an integral part of the Academic World, it provides students with an opportunity to join the government as well as private sectors. Government and diplomacy, computer and auto industries, art and cultural fields, and law and health care services are just few fields where Arabic is in high demand. The Arabic program at Wayne State University prepares students to acquire the linguistic as well as cultural skills necessary not only for success but excellence as well.

Students can obtain a:

Undergraduate students can also minor in Arabic within the Near Eastern Languages program or in Near Eastern Studies.

Students can fullfill their Language Requirement by completing the Basic Language Sequence for Arabic.

Students majoring in other fields but wishing to studty either Arabic as a language or a culture can take the Arabic Language and Culture coruses listed below.

Language and Culture Courses

Language Courses

The following list includes a wide variety of Arabic courses that meet the different needs, academic or professional, of students as well as members of the business community.

ARB 1010: Elementary Arabic (4 credits)
The general objective of this course is to familiarize students with the sounds and letters of Arabic along with the basic communication skills. Communication in Arabic is emphasized in classroom. Thus, students are encouraged to participate actively in class discussions. Students will be able to develop cultural awareness and learn about cultural aspects incorporated in the materials of this course. A communicative approach to teaching Arabic is stressed. Thus, students are required and encouraged to use Arabic in class discussion. Attendance and active participation are very necessary to achieve the above-stated goals. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand Arabic at the elementary level, these skills may benefit students in academic studies of Arabic as well as various professional purposes.

ARB 1020: Elementary Arabic (4 Credits)
Arabic 1020 is a continuation of Arabic 1010. Developing the communicative ability in Arabic is emphasized in both oral and writing skills. A great emphasis is on the use of the language. This course will help students to develop ability to communicate in Arabic with native speakers of Arabic on a variety of every day life topics, e.g., introducing oneself and others, describing people and things, giving and eliciting information, stating preferences, describing locations, and talking about daily activities, etc. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand authentic materials on familiar topics, as well as, recognize and understand various grammatical rules and their application in context, and expand cultural awareness.

ARB 2010: Intermediate Arabic I (4 credits)
Development of communication skills and cultural awareness are through reading materials and showing films. Grammar is presented in context. Arabic 2010 is a part of the language requirement and fulfills the foreign culture requirement. Development of the communicative ability in Arabic is emphasized in both oral and writing skills. A great emphasis is on the use and cultural aspects of the language through authentic materials. That is, students learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately in Arabic while also satisfying their intellectual curiosity to learn about the civilization and culture, its current as well as its historical dimensions.

Successful completion of Arabic 1010, 1020, and 2010 satisfies the foreign language and culture requirement.

ARB 2020: Intermediate Arabic II (4 credits)
A further development of communication skills, proficiency and competence in the language is continued through this course. In addition, students will read factual, fictional, scientific, and literary readings. The main objective of this course is to emphasize the use of the language. It will help students to enhance and develop their ability to understand Spoken Arabic, converse in Arabic on a variety of topics that are related to every day life situation, discuss, narrate, and read authentic materials of varying lengths that discuss a vast majority of issues and topics, e.g., educational, cultural, factual, scientific, and the like, write short paragraphs with reasonable coherence and accuracy, recognize and use grammatical rules in context, and expand cultural awareness through class discussion and reading materials. The course is conducted in Arabic to emphasize and reinforce the use of Arabic in class. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand Arabic at the Upper Intermediate level.

ARB 3010: Business Arabic (3 credits)
This course benefits students in the academic as well as professionals in the business community. An introduction of business terminology as well as language expressions used in business related matters. Among the main objective of this course is to introduce learners of Arabic to the language functions that are associated with travel and business. It is designed to address language needs of students as well as members of the business community at large. It emphasizes communication for immediate use and stresses educated spoken Arabic. Grammatical explanations are pointed out in context of function for linguistic accuracy, i.e., grammar explanations are presented whenever deemed appropriate. The instructional materials are organized around situations and topics related to business transactions and travel supported by video and audio tapes and intensive drill practice. To help learners acquire the language, a great emphasis is placed on communication where simulations and role play with cultural explanations are emphasized. The course is open to students and/or professionals who have completed a beginning Arabic course (101). Prerequisite: Arabic 1010 or consent of instructor.

ARB 5010: Medieval Arabic Texts (3 credits)
Reading and Translation of Medieval Arabic. Prerequisite: Arabic 2010 or consent of instructor.

ARB 3990: Directed Study Cr. 1-6 (Max. 9)
Readings; periodic reports and consultations. Prerequisite: consent of chairperson.

Culture Courses (in English)

ARB 5020: Media Arabic (3 credits)
Introduction and discussion of language used in the media. The main focus of this course is language pertinent to media communications both written visual and/or audio materials. It deals with the language of journalism; the instructional materials consist of authentic unedited news items, radio and television programs. Current newspapers, magazines, news items broadcasted through TV and radio, and television programs received via SCOLA will serve the basis of class discussion. It is designed to meet the language needs of learners of Arabic in both the academic and professional fields. The course provides extensive training in language to enable learners to develop their proficiency and competence levels. It is conducted entirely in Arabic and will emphasize listening, communication (speaking), reading and writing as well as the conventional writing style of journalism. The course is open to students and/or professionals who have completed two years of Arabic language study or its equivalent. Prerequisite: Arabic 2020 or consent of instructor.

ARB 5140: Readings in Modern Arabic Literature (3 credits)
In this course we explore, through readings, the basic of Arab culture. Social and family structures, cultural, literary and religious institutions are examined. The nature of personal, social and political identity, the role of women and the questions of dissent are also investigated in depth. All readings are in Arabic, and the writers are drawn from different periods in Arabic literature. Prerequisite: Knowledge of Arabic beyond Arabic 2020. Advanced readings in modern Standard Arabic.

ARB 5210: Arabic Sociolinguistics (3 credits)
This course provides students with an overview of Sociolinguistics in general and to Arabic Sociolinguistics in particular. Both theories and techniques developed outside Arabic will be examined and their applicability to Arabic will be tested. Moreover, new models that can address the problems of the Arabic language will be discussed. Students are expected to do original research and exchange results through reports and discussions in class. The class will be conducted as a seminar. No knowledge of Arabic required. Arabic dialectology; Arabic as a minority language in contact. Theories and techniques developed outside Arabic, and their applicability to Arabic situations.

ARB 5230: Structure of Arabic (3 credits) (Cross listed with linguistics)
The course will deal with the application of current linguistic theories and analysis to the structure of Arabic. It will familiarize students with the principles of language description. Focusing on a non Indo-European language, Arabic, we will examine the rules and structural representation found in the grammatical components of Arabic; its sound system, word and sentence structures and meaning relation used in the language. The course will also considers other issues related to the Arabic language, its history, different schools of linguistics, and the efforts of language standardization in the Arabic speaking world. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the linguistic structure of a language other than their own. There are no prerequisite for the course. Survey of historical constitution and theoretical structure of Arabic. Prerequisite: Arabic 202 or consent of instructor.

ARB 5990: Directed Study Cr. 3-6 (Max. 9)
Readings; periodic consultations and reports.
Prerequisite: undergrad., consent of chairperson; grad., consent of chairperson and written consent of graduate officer.

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