Arabic (ARAB)College of Arts and Humanities
3125 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-1891
Chair: A. Karimi-Hakkak (Professor)
Professors: A. Elgibali, F. Keshavarz-Karamustafa
Associate Professors: E. Zakim
Assistant Professors: A. Abasi, V. Anishchenkova, S. Elsisi, P. Glanville
Instructors: N. Akbari-Saneh (Assistant Research Scholar)
Lecturers: L. Alkebsi, Z. El Amine, D. El-Hefnawy, A. Gazit-Rosenthal, Sahar Jendi, Soulaiman Jendi
Visiting Faculty: A. Feuer (Visiting Assistant Professor)
This 42-credit major in Arabic Studies provides students with a solid background in linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of the modern Arab World, including the cultural domains of North Africa, Egypt, Arab Middle East, Arab diasporas in the U.S. and Europe, as well as minority communities in Arab countries (Armenian, Kurdish, Berber, Copts, etc.) The B.A. in Arabic Studies prepares students for a range of professional opportunities, including careers in government, education, business, and international development and communication. Students work toward competence in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The Arabic Program offers extensive linguistic training in both literary Arabic (fusHa) and Arabic dialects (Egyptian and Levantine). Students will achieve cultural fluency by exploring diverse Arab societies and cultural zones and will learn to approach them from a global perspective. Many undergraduates will choose to double major or do a double degree in Arabic and another subject, including arts and humanities majors, business, computer science, and journalism.
Requirements for the Major
Prerequisites (12 credits)
Core Sequence: 24 credits
*Modern Standard Arabic is the formal variety of Arabic used throughout the Arab world, particularly for reading and writing. Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Levantine Colloquial Arabic are among the major spoken varieties in the Middle East. All Arabic language courses implement the integrated method where Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic are taught simultaneously, as two registers of the Arabic linguistic discourse. Upon completing four semesters of Arabic (104, 105, 204, 205), students may choose to take either the Egyptian dialect sequence (206, 207) or the Levantine dialect sequence (210, 211) to deepen their knowledge of the dialect and culture.
Once credits have been received for a higher-level language focus course, a lower-level course in the same strand (written or spoken) may not be taken for credit. (ARAB204 may not be taken after ARAB205, for example. ARAB107 may not be taken after ARAB206, etc.)
The Arabic language curriculum is designed for second language acquisition and targets non-native speakers. None of the Arabic language courses are open to fluent and native speakers of Arabic.
Electives: a minimum of 18 credits
A. Required Upper-level electives in Arabic (a minimum of 9 credits)
B. Optional Electives in English: a maximum of 9 credits (no prereqs)
Certain courses in Middle Eastern Studies taught in English in other departments (depending on the content of the courses) can be substituted with the approval of the Undergraduate advisor and Program Director.
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website: www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .
Requirements for the Minor
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC)
The minor in Arabic (21 credits) provides a solid grounding in Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic. Students who satisfy the requirements of the minor in Arabic can expect to be able to read and write and communicate orally in Modern Standard Arabic and one of the Arabic dialects at a level that would allow them to interact with native speakers and perform effectively in a daily environment; watch TV and films in Arabic; engage with authentic texts; write short papers in Arabic; and perform other tasks expected from an Advanced Level learner.
The materials used to further language acquisition are culturally rich resources, and students completing the minor will have become familiar with many of the cultural patterns, social issues, historical events, artistic traditions, and elements of daily life of the people whose cultures are rooted in Arabic. Students interested in pursuing the minor in Arabic should contact the undergraduate advisor, who will be responsible for oversight and record keeping.
Students should declare the minor in Arabic at least one year prior to graduation.
Prerequisites (12 credits):
No prerequisites are required for students with equivalent knowledge. Placement testing is mandatory.
Courses required for Minor (21 credits):
All prerequisites imply "or equivalent knowledge."
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Office of International Services and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309- Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus, and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.