This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2021 to April 2022.

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The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
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ARBC 114.3: Beginning Arabic I

Arabic is the official language of 27 countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the language of the Islamic religion. This course introduces Modern Standard Arabic at the elementary level. It is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. This course introduces students to the basic structures of Arabic and to use it for simple communication. Students will begin with learning the alphabet and spelling conventions of Arabic. After that, the class will focus on four communication skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing. Through various activities and using audiovisual materials students will gain exposure to the context of native-speaking environments and be familiarized with Arabic culture.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students who are fluent in Arabic may not take this course for credit.


ARBC 117.3: Beginning Arabic II

Arabic is the official language of 27 countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the language of the Islamic religion. This course is the beginner's level of Modern Standard Arabic designed for students with basic knowledge of Arabic. This course is a continuation of Arabic 114.3, and will introduce students to the grammar and vocabulary of Arabic used in situations of everyday life. The class focuses on four communication skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing. Through various activities and using audio-visual materials students will gain exposure to the context of native-speaking environments and be familiarized with Arabic culture.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): ARBC 114.3 or permission of the instructor.
Note: Students who are fluent in Arabic may not take this course for credit.