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5233 Rm 625 V51.1.002 Arabic Rar

The Arabic minor focuses on theArabic language, literature, and culture. Students gain knowledge of the Arabic culture and literature necessary for authentic communication in the language in all sorts of contexts. The programs aim is to teach Arabic as a language and its representative cultures. This is done through courses based on language, culture, and literature that analyze elements such as folklore, media, poetry, essay, music, film, the arts, etc. One distinguishing factor of this minor is its focus on presenting the Arab world outside of the political turmoil and stereotyping associated with it, privileging instead how Arab voices interpret their own civilizations through fields in the humanities.

5233 Rm 625 V51.1.002 Arabic Rar

The Arabic language has a rich artistic, religious and intellectual history that dates back thousands of years and encompasses a myriad of modern cultures and traditions throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Today, Arabic is spoken by nearly 300 million people and is an official language in over 20 different countries as well as the United Nations, playing a key role in global communications and international affairs. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) ties the Arabic-speaking world together as the literary written language of official communication, while each region features its own distinct dialect and cultural tradition. The CLS Program focuses on MSA, while giving students the opportunity to develop their colloquial Arabic skills that provide a foundation for building strong relations.

In April of each year, Arabic majorswho are enrolled in Arabic language courses, are required to take an oralproficiencytest, lasting approximately 30 minutes. This is a departmental requirement. Students who do not take the test will have their Arabic final grades withheld for the semester. Majorsdo not need to sign-upfor this exam, but will be contacted in late March with more information concerning the date and time of the test.


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