The following courses are offered in the Arabic program at James Madison University:

ARAB 101. Elementary Arabic I.

4 credits.
The fundamentals of Modern Standard Arabic through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension. If a student has had two or more years of the language in high school, he/she will not receive credit for the course.

ARAB 102. Elementary Arabic II.
4 credits.
The fundamentals of Modern Standard Arabic through a higher level of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension. If a student has had two or more years of the language in high school, he/she will not receive credit for the course.
Prerequisite: ARAB 101 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 109. Accelerated Review of Elementary Arabic.
3 credits.
Reviews elementary Arabic grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Arabic. For students who have had no more than two or three years of Arabic in high school and qualify through the placement exam. Native speakers are excluded.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department head or sufficient score on the foreign language placement exam.

ARAB 111. Intensive Arabic I (Elementary).
6 credits.
The fundamentals of Arabic through intensive listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This four-week course is the equivalent of ARAB 101-102.

ARAB 212. Intensive Arabic II (Intermediate).
6 credits.
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition, and reading. This four-week course is the equivalent of ARAB 231-232.
Prerequisite: ARAB 102, or ARAB 109, or ARAB 111, or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 231. Intermediate Arabic I.
3 credits.
A thorough review of first-year grammar and vocabulary building. Conversation, composition and reading will be chosen to reach competency at the lower intermediate level Arabic.
Prerequisite: ARAB 102, or ARAB 109, or ARAB 111, or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 232. Intermediate Arabic II.
3 credits.
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition, and reading.
Prerequisite: ARAB 231 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 300. Arabic Grammar and Communication.
3 credits.
Intensive training in grammatical structures and their application to oral and written communication. Instruction is in Arabic. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
Prerequisite: ARAB 212 or ARAB 232 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 307. A History of Islamic Civilization, 600-1600 A.D.
3 credits.
A study of society, economics, politics, culture, and the arts of the Islamic world from the rise of Islam to the establishment of the gunpowder empires (Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal). Instruction is in English.

ARAB 308. Contemporary Islamic Civilization.
3 credits.
A study of society, economics, politics, culture, and the arts of the Islamic world, with a focus on the Arabic-speaking regions, from 1700 A.D. to the present. Instruction is in English.

ARAB 320. Arabic Oral and Written Communication.
3 credits.
Intensive training in the use of modern, everyday Arabic with emphasis on conversation and composition. Readings in Arabic will provide a context for discussion and writing.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 330. Business Arabic.
3 credits.
A study of commercial and trade vocabulary and customs in conjunction with practice in commercial communication, including letter writing, interviews, and interpretations. Instruction is in Arabic.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 339. Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1500 A.D.
3 credits.
A thorough analysis of selected passages from important authors from early Arabic and Persian literature up to the beginning of the 16th century AD. The material  studied  will  include  Arabic  poetry  and  prose  from  the  period  just before the rise of Islam to about 1500, and Persian poetry and prose from the spread  of  the  use  of  New  Persian  in  the  10th  century  to  about 1500.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 340. Intermediate Arabic Conversation.
3 credits.
Course emphasizes oral communication at the intermediate level. Students will use the vocabulary they have learned in the previous Arabic language classes. In addition, students will acquire new vocabulary from in- and out- of class conversational situations.
Prerequisite: ARAB 212 or ARAB 232 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 371. Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation.
3 credits.
Arabic/English translation applied in several fields. In this course students analyze the main grammatical differences between Arabic and English with the focus on producing accurate and idiomatic translations into both languages.
Prerequisites: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 385. The Arabian Nights.
3 credits.
This course introduces the collection of popular tales known as "The Arabian Nights" or "The Thousand and One Nights." Readings also include medieval and modern European short stories that are adapted from the "Nights", or which appropriate themes and techniques from the "Nights." Instruction is in English.
Prerequisites: ARAB 300 or permission of instructor.

ARAB 400. Advanced Arabic Writing and Conversation.

3 credits.
Discussions and writings deal with topics of current interest.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 410. Media Arabic.
3 credits.
An introduction to the vocabulary and language of Arabic press media and to the history of mass media in the Arabic speaking world. The focus is on print and Internet media, although media broadcasting in other forms is also covered.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 411. Colloquial Egyptian Arabic I.
3 credits.
This course provides an introduction to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA), the most widely  spoken  and  understood  Arabic  dialect.  Students  will  learn  the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic particularities of ECA, and the  major  differences  between  Modern  Standard  Arabic  and  ECA,  while developing their  listening  and speaking skills  necessary  for  personal  everyday life.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or the permission of the instructor.

ARAB 412. Colloquial Egyptian Arabic II.
3 credits.
This course is a continuation of Colloquial Egyptian Arabic I. It is the second part of an intensive introduction to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). Students will  build  on  previously learned  material  through  scenarios  of  everyday life.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or the permission of the instructor.

ARAB 413. Colloquial Levantine Arabic I (Jordanian/Palestinian).
3 credits.
This course provides an introduction to Jordanian and Palestinian Colloquial Arabic  (JCA  and  PCA),  the  Arabic  dialects  spoken  in  Jordan  and Palestine/Israel.  Students  will  learn  the  phonological,  morphological, syntactic,  and  semantic  particularities  of  JCA  and  PCA,  and  the  major differences  between  them  and  Modern  Standard  Arabic,  while  developing their  listening  and  speaking  skills  necessary  for  personal  everyday life.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or the permission of the instructor.

ARAB 414. Colloquial Levantine Arabic II (Syrian/Lebanese).
3 credits.
This course provides an introduction to Syrian and Lebanese Colloquial Arabic (SCA and LCA), the Arabic dialects spoken in Syria and Lebanon. Students will learn the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic particularities of SCA and LCA, and the major differences between them and Modern Standard Arabic, while developing their listening and speaking skills necessary for personal everyday life.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or the permission of the instructor.

[[ARAB 428. Muhammad and the Qur'an.
3 credits.
A study of the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the contents of his message as found in the "Sira" (his biography), the Qur`an, and the "hadith" (reports concerning his sayings and actions).
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.]]

ARAB 429. Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic.
3 credits.
An introduction to the Arabic vocabulary and grammar of the Qur’an and hadith literature. The course provides an intensive overview of Arabic grammar, from basic to advanced topics. Students will gain the ability to read excerpts from the  Qur’an  and  other  Islamic  religious  texts  in  Arabic.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 446. Special Topics in Arabic Literature.
3 credits.
Study of a particular topic in Arabic Literature. May cover all or specific Arabic literature genre. May be repeated if content changes.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 447. Special Topics in Arabic Civilization and Culture.
3 credits.
Students will study a particular topic in the civilization and/or culture of Arabic countries. Course may be repeated if content changes.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 448. Special Topics in Arabic Linguistics.
3 credits.
Students will study a particular topic in Arabic linguistics. Topics could include an introduction to Arabic sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. Course may be repeated if content changes.
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor.

ARAB 490. Special Studies in Arabic.
1-4 credits.
Special topics or independent studies in Arabic.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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