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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

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Courses in "ARAB-Arabic"

ARAB - Arabic

ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I (3) Introduction to modern standard Arabic in both its spoken and written form. Equal emphasis on all four skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB101; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Continuation of ARAB101.

ARAB 104 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I-II (6) Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. An intensive course focusing on developing functional proficiency in the standard Arabic language, both written and formal spoken. Begins with script and phonology, and develops into a limited range of situation-based texts and topics that build vocabulary, grammar, general communicative competence and cultural awareness.

ARAB 105 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic III-IV (6) Prerequisite: ARAB104; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Continuation of ARAB104, developing further linguistic proficiency in Standard Arabic, both written and formal spoken. Covers an extended range of situation-based texts and topics that build vocabulary, grammar, general communicative competence and cultural awareness.

ARAB 106 Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: Must have a basic knowledge of Arabic script. Recommended: Can be taken concurrently with an MSA course. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Introduction to the widely spread spoken variety of Egyptian Arabic, covering the basic range of communicative and cultural situations where Modern Standard Arabic is not used. Emphasis is on developing the learners' listening and speaking skills in Egyptian Arabic, since colloquial Arabic dialects are mainly used in speech.

ARAB 107 Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB106. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Continuation of ARAB106, covering a wider range of basic vocabulary, grammar forms, communicative and cultural situations using the widely spread spoken variety of Egyptian Arabic. Emphasis on developing learners' listening and speaking skills in Egyptian Arabic, since colloquial dialects in the Arab world are mainly used in speech.

ARAB 110 Elementary Levantine Colloquial Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: Must have a basic knowledge of Arabic script. Recommended: Can be taken with a MSA course. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Introduction to Levantine Arabic, the variety of Arabic spoken in Lebanon, covering the basic range of communicative and cultural situations where Modern Arabic is not used. Emphasis on developing the learners' listening and speaking skills in Levantine Arabic.

ARAB 111 Elementary Levantine Colloquial Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB110. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Continuation of ARAB110, covering a wider range of basic vocabulary, grammar forms, communicative and cultural situations using the widely spread spoken variety of Levantine Arabic. Emphasis on developing learners' listening and speaking skills in Levantine Arabic. Will engage students in pedagogical tasks, emulate real life tasks such as information gap and negotiation.

ARAB 169 Special Topics in Study Abroad I (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

ARAB 201 Intermediate Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: ARAB102; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Intermediate modern standard Arabic I in both its spoken and written forms. Course will continue to develop all four skills of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ARAB 202 Intermediate Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Continuation of ARAB201.

ARAB 204 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I (6) Prerequisite: ARAB105. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Covers topics related to contemporary Arabic society, literature and culture in standard written and formal spoken Arabic. Acquisition of more complex grammatical structures, expanding vocabulary, and reading, to develop a better understanding of the formal aspects of using MSA.

ARAB 205 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II (6) Prerequisite: ARAB204; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Continuation of ARAB204, with exposure to a wide range of Arabic texts from different domains. Focus on vocabulary, more complex grammatical forms, and a better understanding of the formal aspects of using MSA as well as the cultural aspects of using the language.

ARAB 206 Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic III (3) Prerequisite: ARAB107; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Develops listening and speaking skills in Egyptian Arabic. Covers family, school, shopping, and social interaction. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 207 Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic IV (3) Prerequisite: ARAB206; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Further develops listening and speaking skills in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, extending range of contexts where it merges with Modern Standard Arabic. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 210 Elementary Levantine Arabic III (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Emphasis on developing listening and speaking skills in Levantine Arabic, since colloquial dialects are mainly used in speech. Covers family, school, shopping, local culture and general interaction. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 211 Elementary Levantine Arabic IV (3) Prerequisite: ARAB210; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Emphasis on developing listening and speaking skills in Levantine Arabic. Covers conversational needs in everyday situations such as introductions, at hotels, at the doctor's office, at social get-togethers, etc. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 221 The Arab World Today through Readings in Translation (3) An introduction to the contemporary Arabic world through literature. Includes discussions of historical background, political thought and society. In English.

ARAB 251 Image of Women in Arabic Cinema (3) Prerequisite: Knowledge of Arabic is desirable but not required. Arabic Cinema as socio-cultural discourse and representation of women in cinema as a way to create national identity. Taught in English.

ARAB 252 Arabic Literature in Translation (3) Focus varies but is on one of the core aspects of modern Arabic narrative discourse such as prose, poetry, drama, autobiographical discourse and identity politics, or gender politics.

ARAB 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

ARAB 282 The Arab-Israeli Conflict through Readings in Translation (3) Literary works by both Arab and Jewish authors depicting the impact of the conflict on society and individuals. In English.

ARAB 298 Special Topics in Arabic Studies (1-3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Language and content to be announced when course is offered.

ARAB 304 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: ARAB205; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Formerly: ARAB301. Advanced grammar, reading, writing, speaking in Arabic; study of contemporary Arabic society, politics, and culture.

ARAB 305 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB304; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. Further advanced grammar, reading, writing, speaking in Arabic; study of current issues within the Arab World.

ARAB 306 Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: ARAB207. Covering the spoken variety of Egypt in an extended range of communicative contexts where Egyptian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic merge. By course end, the students speak in Egyptian Arabic in situations and topics that require reasonable knowledge of the culture.

ARAB 307 Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB306. Continuation of ARAB306, focusing on enhancing learners' speaking and listening skills in Egyptian Arabic, enriching their vocabulary, introducing them to more complex grammatical forms and structures, and providing practice in a broad range of communicative and cultural contexts.

ARAB 310 Intermediate Levantine Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: ARAB211; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Focuses on speaking and listening skills in Levantine Arabic, enriching vocabulary, introducing more complex grammatical forms and structures. Range of communicative contexts. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 313 Arabic for Islamic Culture (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Examines core topics related to Islamic culture and society, e.g. the political system, caliphates, reform movements, Sharia's law, human rights, role of women, and Jihad. In Arabic.

ARAB 314 Arabic for Islamic Culture II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB313; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Examines core topics related to Islamic culture and society. In Arabic.

ARAB 315 Intensive Advanced Arabic I (6) Prerequisite: ARAB205; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not have completed ARAB304. Intensive training in written and spoken Arabic at the Advanced-low level of proficiency. Additional intensive training in effective listening and reading skills. Substantial cultural component exploring traditions and customs of the Middle East in addition to current social issues.

ARAB 316 Intensive Advanced Arabic II (6) Prerequisite: ARAB304 or ARAB315; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not have completed ARAB305. Credit only granted for: ARAB305 or ARAB316-. Intensive training in written and spoken Arabic at the Advanced-mid level of proficiency. Additional training in effective listening and reading skills. Substantial cultural component exploring traditions and customs of the Middle East in addition to current social issues.

ARAB 321 Arabic Media (3) Prerequisite: ARAB305; or permission of instructor. Examines the role of the Arabic media in shaping public opinion and influencing relations between the Arab world and the non-Arab world. Focus on content and acquistion of Modern Standard Arabic. Taught in Arabic.

ARAB 330 Listening Strategies in Arabic I (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Training in recognizing specific features of varieties of spoken Arabic in different contexts. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 331 Listening Strategies in Arabic II (3) Prerequisite: ARAB330; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Further training in recognizing specific features of varieties of spoken Arabic in range of contexts. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 332 Listening Strategies in Arabic III (3) Prerequisite: ARAB331; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Advanced training in recognizing specific features of varieties of spoken Arabic. Increased range of registers. Some reading in Arabic.

ARAB 341 Filming War Zones: Representations of Wars in Iraq & Chechnya (3) Also offered as: FILM341. Credit only granted for: ARAB341 or FILM341. Investigation of how diverse political, cultural and religious agendas of the late 20th through early 21st centuries construct a wide variety of war fictions, or ideologically informed war narratives.

ARAB 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

ARAB 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis and writing in a work setting. Project proposal approved by faculty and internship sponsor. Junior standing.

ARAB 398 Special Topics in Arabic Studies (3) Prerequisite: ARAB304. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. In-depth study of a particular aspect of Arabic culture, literature, and language. Specific topic to be announced when offered. Taught in Arabic.

ARAB 399 Independent Study In Arabic (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Research and writing or specific readings on a topic selected by the student and supervised by a faculty member on the Department of Arabic Studies. To be planned during semester preceding registration.

ARAB 401 Readings in Arabic Literature (3) Prerequisite: ARAB305; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. A survey of Modern Arabic literature is given through a range of selected texts. Texts are studied as literature with constant reference to the social, cultural and political contexts in which they were written. Taught in Arabic.

ARAB 402 Arabic English Translation (3) Prerequisite: ARAB305; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic. In-depth practicum in translation from Arabic to English. Exploration of the complexities of translation as an exercise of textual interpretation and linguistic transformation.

ARAB 412 Modern Arabic Literature: A Survey (3) Prerequisite: ARAB305; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Themes and genres of Arabic literature from the mid-19th century to the present. Focus on content and acquisition of Modern Standard Arabic. Taught in Arabic.

ARAB 489 Special Topics in Arabic Studies (3) Prerequisite: ARAB305; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. In-depth study of particular aspect of Arabic language and culture. Specific topics to be announced when course is offered. Taught in Arabic.

ARAB 499 Special Topics in Arabic Studies (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. In-depth study of particular aspect of Arabic culture, literature and language. Specific topic to be announced when course is offered.

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