A goal of any person seeking a liberal education is an understanding of the workings – phonemic, semantic, syntactic, stylistic – of language. Study of a modern language, for the sake of contrast and comparison with one’s mother tongue, is highly desirable in producing such an understanding. In addition, the study of a modern language is needed more than ever today for transcending cultural barriers. Study of modern languages and cultures promotes rapprochement among nations and peoples.
Arabic is one of the four languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages. Foreign study forms a valuable part of education, and the department strongly encourages students to spend their junior year abroad. The department maintains a file of the many summer, semester, and year-long programs abroad in which our students can participate so that each one can choose the type of program and location which best suits her interests.
Following are four Arabic courses the Department of Modern Languages is offering in 2017-18.
ARAB 030. Intermediate Arabic (3 hrs) This course continues training in Arabic with instruction in intermediate level speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. The course continues with further development of these four skills with emphasis on basic grammar. The approach is proficiency-based communicative and functional. Prerequisite: ARAB 020 or equivalent.