Arab Studies courses, which are highly interactive, focus on giving students a strong foundation in the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We adhere to the philosophy that the study of the Arabic language cannot be separated from the study of the rich Arabic culture. Thus, while the concentration is on Classical Arabic, students are exposed to dialects from early on. Through the study of proverbs and music, we build upon vocabulary and enrich the students' understanding of the traditions of the Arab world. In addition to the main grammar textbook, students in all classes are introduced to Arabic films, video clips, television serials, and literature as a key part of the course. Extracurricular cultural activities with the neighboring Arab community is key to our program, allowing for immersion outside as well as inside the classroom.
For more information about the Arabic curriculum and the minor in Arabic, you can view the on-line catalog.