Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture

Requirements (70 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture (Program Code: ARAB)

  1. Proficiency in Arabic equal to that of ARAB 103 or equivalent.
  2. No more than 32 units in Arabic can be transferred from other institutions.
Lower-division (12)
Twelve units chosen from:12
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic III
Intermediate Arabic IV
Intermediate Arabic V
Arabic Composition
Conversation in Arabic
Introduction to Arabic Literary Texts
Upper-division (minimum of 12 units) (12)
Twelve units chosen from:12
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Arabic II
Advanced Arabic III
Advanced Arabic IV
Advanced Arabic V
Advanced Arabic Composition
Advanced Arabic Conversation
Arabic for the Professions
Fourth Year Arabic I
Fourth Year Arabic II
Fourth Year Arabic III
Fourth Year Arabic IV
Fourth Year Arabic V
Assessment (4)
ARAB 295Intermediate Assessment2
ARAB 496Senior Assessment2
Electives (42)
Twenty units chosen from (but not selected from above):20
Arabic Calligraphy
Pronunciation Practice
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Arabic II
Advanced Arabic III
Advanced Arabic IV
Advanced Arabic V
Advanced Arabic Composition
Advanced Arabic Conversation
Arabic for the Professions
Arabic Phonetics
Introduction to Arabic Linguistics
Levantine Arabic Dialect
Egyptian Arabic Dialect
North African Arabic Dialect
Gulf Arabic Dialect
Arabic Film and Culture
Classical Arabic Literature in Translation
Cultures and Writings of Arab-American Women
Community Service Project (may be repeated up to 6 units)
Community Service Project
Fourth Year Arabic I
Fourth Year Arabic II
Fourth Year Arabic III
Fourth Year Arabic IV
Fourth Year Arabic V
ARAB 470A-E
Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture: (may be repeated as topics change)
Media in the Arab World
Special Topics in Classical Islamic Texts (may be repeated as topics change)
Special Topics in Contemporary Arabic Literature (may be repeated as topics change)
ARAB 575A-D
Internship (up to total of 6)
HUM 580B-D
International Experience: Arabic
Twenty-two units chosen from any upper-division elective course not selected above. May choose any two courses below if not taken above:22
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic III
Intermediate Arabic IV
Intermediate Arabic V
Arabic Calligraphy
Pronunciation Practice
Arabic Composition
Conversation in Arabic
Introduction to Arabic Literary Texts
May only choose one from the folowing three courses: ANTH 590, COMM 550, GSS 390
ANTH 590B-D
Selected Topics in Anthropology:Muslim Women in Media and Society
or
Muslim Women in Media and Society
or
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies (Muslim women in Media and Society)
Peoples of the Middle East
International Communication
International Economics
Multinational Corporations
Global Economy
Studies in Literary Diversity (when the topic is Middle Eastern Literature)
International Business Finance
Pedagogies for Foreign Language Teaching
Language Acquisition and Early Field Experience for Future Teachers
Readings in the Disciplines (may be repeated as topics change)
FLAN 555A-D
Independent Study
Francophone Film and Culture (with permission)
Contemporary Issues in the Francophone World (with permission)
Classical Islamic Civilization
Modern Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Topics in Modern Middle Eastern History
Nationalism and Conflict in the Middle East
U.S. Media and the Middle East
Politics of Oil
The World of Islam
Managing Across Borders
International Business Law
International Marketing Management
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Spanish Peninsular Literature from the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century (with permission)
Model United Nations (if Arab country is selected)
Model Arab League
Other courses related to the Arab world, to be approved in advance by the Arabic program coordinator or department chair. Native speakers of Arabic or those with advanced proficiency may receive credit by examination for some classes.
Total Units70

Minor/Certificate in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Students receiving a minor, certificate or B.A. in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture may also be able to earn a minor or certificate in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

Courses

ARAB 101. College Arabic I. 4 Units.

Introduction to Arabic including fundamentals of grammatical structure, pronunciation and culture. Formerly a topic under FLAN 101.

ARAB 102. College Arabic II. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 101 or equivalent
Further study of the fundamentals of grammatical structure, pronunciation and culture. Emphasis in oral communication, reading and writing. Formerly a topic under FLAN 102.

ARAB 103. College Arabic III. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 102
(GE=C3)
Emphasis on oral and writing competencies at the intermediate level in a cultural context. Formerly ARAB 150.

ARAB 104. College Arabic IV. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Intermediate level. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 105. College Arabic V. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 104 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Intermediate level. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 170. Beginning Arabic Conversation. 2 Units.

Practice of oral Arabic with emphasis on familiar surroundings, immediate needs, and basic survival skills. Graded credit/no credit. May be repeated up to three times for credit.

ARAB 201. Intermediate Arabic I. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or equivalent
(GE=C3)
First course in an intermediate-level sequence in Arabic. Develops students' oral and written Arabic language skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic-speaking cultures.

ARAB 202. Intermediate Arabic II. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 201 or equivalent
(GE=C3)
Second course in an intermediate-level sequence in Arabic. Develops students' oral and written Arabic language skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic-speaking cultures.

ARAB 203. Intermediate Arabic III. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 202 or equivalent
(GE=C3)
Third course in an intermediate-level sequence in Arabic. Develops students' oral and written Arabic language skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic-speaking cultures.

ARAB 204. Intermediate Arabic IV. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 203 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Advanced level. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 205. Intermediate Arabic V. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 204 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Advanced level. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 210. Arabic Calligraphy. 2 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 102 or equivalent
Introduction to Arabic calligraphy: its history and development. Familiarity with the major styles and hands-on application of one or two styles per term. Students need to purchase their own supplies. May be repeated once as styles change.

ARAB 211. Pronunciation Practice. 2 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 101 or consent of instructor
Traditional recitation methods to improve pronunciation and articulation of Arabic. May include poetry, passages from the Qur'an, and traditional songs.

ARAB 212. Arabic Composition. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or equivalent
Comprehensive review of the principles of Arabic grammar, emphasizing their application to composition.

ARAB 214. Conversation in Arabic. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or equivalent
(GE=C3)
Practice of oral Arabic including current topics, panel discussions, debates, and oral presentations. Students will become familiar with day-to-day social and business expressions.

ARAB 216. Introduction to Arabic Literary Texts. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or equivalent
Techniques of literary study and analysis through readings from various Arab-speaking cultures. Emphasis on vocabulary development, expression and written comprehension.

ARAB 290. Arabic Literature in Translation. 4 Units.

(GE=C3)
Introduction to Arabic literature in English translation.

ARAB 295. Intermediate Assessment. 2 Units.

Prerequisites: 12 units of Arabic courses at the 200-level or equivalent
Assessment of skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and knowledge of culture based on defined performance standards. Students will be advised on how to improve skills and will also begin their online assessment portfolios. Satisfactory completion is required for enrollment in all upper-division Arabic courses. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 301. Advanced Arabic I. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 203 or equivalent
First course in an upper-level sequence in Arabic. Develops students' oral and written Arabic language skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic-speaking cultures.

ARAB 302. Advanced Arabic II. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 301 or equivalent
Second course in an upper-level sequence in Arabic. Develops students' oral and written Arabic language skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic-speaking cultures.

ARAB 303. Advanced Arabic III. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 302 or equivalent
Third course in an upper-level sequence in Arabic. Develops students' oral and written Arabic language skills, as well as knowledge of Arabic-speaking cultures.

ARAB 304. Advanced Arabic IV. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to 400-level language and thematic/content based classes. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 305. Advanced Arabic V. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 304 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to 400-level language and thematic/content based classes. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 312. Advanced Arabic Composition. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 212 or consent of instructor
Practice in composition and short essay writing with emphasis on the development of good writing style and expressive vocabulary.

ARAB 314. Advanced Arabic Conversation. 4 Units.

Intensive practice of oral Arabic at the upper-intermediate level leading to higher fluency. Develops a functional and practical vocabulary for students who have formally learned the language in a classroom setting.

ARAB 316. Arabic for the Professions. 4 Units.

Oral and written practice in Arabic terminology used in various professions, with emphasis on cultural context.

ARAB 320. Arabic Phonetics. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 295 or consent of instructor
In-depth study of the Arabic sound system. Oral practice and study of general principles of Arabic phonology and dialectology.

ARAB 321. Introduction to Arabic Linguistics. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 103 or consent of instructor
The structure of Arabic; morphology, syntax and phonology including the historical development of the language and dialect variations.

ARAB 330. Levantine Arabic Dialect. 4 Units.

Increased student proficiency in the spoken variety of Levantine Arabic. Emphasis will be on functional interactive skills, such as speaking , listening comprehension and vocabulary building while enhancing students cultural competence. May be repeated up to three times for credit.

ARAB 331. Egyptian Arabic Dialect. 4 Units.

Increased student proficiency in the spoken variety of Egyptian Arabic. Emphasis will be on functional interactive skills, such as speaking, listening comprehension and vocabulary building while enhancing students cultural competence. May be repeated up to three times for credit.

ARAB 332. North African Arabic Dialect. 4 Units.

Increased student proficiency in the spoken variety of North African Arabic. Emphasis will be on functional interactive skills, such as speaking, listening comprehension and vocabulary building while enhancing students¿ cultural competence. May be repeated up to three times for credit.

ARAB 333. Gulf Arabic Dialect. 4 Units.

Increased student proficiency in the spoken variety of Gulf Arabic. Emphasis will be on functional interactive skills, such as speaking, listening comprehension and vocabulary building while enhancing students¿ cultural competence. May be repeated up to three times for credit.

ARAB 370. Arabic Film and Culture. 4 Units.

Analysis and historical examination of Arabic cultures, literatures, and themes through Arabic-language films.

ARAB 380. Classical Arabic Literature in Translation. 4 Units.

Introduction to the literature of the pre-Islamic, early Islamic, Umayyad and Abbasid periods. Including the development of classical Arabic poetry and prose, its artistic characteristics and its most important genres while examining the historical, religious, political and sociological contexts.

ARAB 381. Cultures and Writings of Arab-American Women. 4 Units.

Examination of the history and lives of Arab American women through their own writings and essays.

ARAB 399A. Community Service Project. 1 Unit.

Credit for applying previously learned skills in the area of Arabic to academically related tasks in such agencies as governmental, social service, and educational institutions. May be repeated for a total of six units. No more than six units of credit for Community Service Project courses may be applied toward degree requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of department.

ARAB 399B. Community Service Project. 2 Units.

Credit for applying previously learned skills in the area of Arabic to academically related tasks in such agencies as governmental, social service, and educational institutions. May be repeated for a total of six units. No more than six units of credit for Community Service Project courses may be applied toward degree requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of department.

ARAB 401. Fourth Year Arabic I. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes.

ARAB 402. Fourth Year Arabic II. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 401 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes.

ARAB 403. Fourth Year Arabic III. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 402 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes.

ARAB 404. Fourth Year Arabic IV. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 403 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes.

ARAB 405. Fourth Year Arabic V. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 404 or consent of instructor
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes.

ARAB 470A. Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture: Emerging Architecture. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Study of prevalent socio-cultural, political, economic and intellectual issues in the Arab world. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

ARAB 470B. Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture: Arab-American Experience. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Study of prevalent socio-cultural, political, economic and intellectual issues in the Arab world. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

ARAB 470C. Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture: Health Care Systems. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Study of prevalent socio-cultural, political, economic and intellectual issues in the Arab world. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

ARAB 470D. Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture: Environmental Aspects. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Study of prevalent socio-cultural, political, economic and intellectual issues in the Arab world. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

ARAB 470E. Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture: Emerging Economies. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Study of prevalent socio-cultural, political, economic and intellectual issues in the Arab world. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

ARAB 471. Media in the Arab World. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 301 or equivalent or consent of instructor
In-depth study and analysis of media in the Arab world. Survey of major press, radio, TV, satellite, internet, and alternative publishing outlets. Reading and discussion of freedom of expression and censorship.

ARAB 480. Special Topics in Classical Islamic Texts. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or ARAB 312 or consent of instructor
Study, readings and discussion of a wide variety of classical Islamic texts such as the Qur'an, Tafseer (exegesis), Fiqh (jurisprudence), historiography, and philosophy. May be repeated as topics change.

ARAB 481. Special Topics in Contemporary Arabic Literature. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303, 312 or consent of instructor
Special topics in contemporary Arabic literatures such as novels, poetry, essays and drama. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

ARAB 496. Senior Assessment. 2 Units.

Assessment of skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and knowledge of culture based on defined performance standards. Students will be advised on how to improve skills and will complete online oral and written assessment as well as online portfolios. Course must be taken prior to enrolling in the last 12 units of the major and prior to the student's final quarter at CSUSB. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 575A. Internship. 1 Unit.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor
Supervised work in a public or private organization. May be repeated for credit. No more than six units may be applied toward the degree. Thirty hours of work per unit of credit plus a paper. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 575B. Internship. 2 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor
Supervised work in a public or private organization. May be repeated for credit. No more than six units may be applied toward the degree. Thirty hours of work per unit of credit plus a paper. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 575C. Internship. 3 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor
Supervised work in a public or private organization. May be repeated for credit. No more than six units may be applied toward the degree. Thirty hours of work per unit of credit plus a paper. Graded credit/no credit.

ARAB 575D. Internship. 4 Units.

Prerequisites: ARAB 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor
Supervised work in a public or private organization. May be repeated for credit. No more than six units may be applied toward the degree. Thirty hours of work per unit of credit plus a paper. Graded credit/no credit.