Arabic

Students have the opportunity to study Arabic for four years at BowdoinStudents have the opportunity to study Arabic for four years at Bowdoin.  Arabic at the elementary and intermediate levels is taught intensively, ensuring that students have acquired a solid foundation in Arabic grammar and vocabulary by the end of their second year of study.  Third-year Arabic expands upon this foundation, and provides additional exposure to authentic reading and audio-visual materials.  Fourth-year Arabic allows students an in-depth exploration of topics related to the history, literature, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa, from both the medieval and modern periods.  Courses at the fourth-year level are reading intensive and are conducted entirely in Arabic.  Topics for fourth-year Arabic in coming semesters include Contemporary Arab Thought, The Arabic Literature of Islamic West Africa, Modern Arabic Poetry and  Poetic Theory, Classical Arab Historians and Biographers,  Jihad: Doctrine and Historical Development, The Arabic Literature of Islamic Spain and Sicily,  The Literature of the Lebanese Civil War,  Arabic Poetry of  Umayyad Damascus, and Contemporary Arabic Fiction from North Africa.

101c. Elementary Arabic IRussell Hopley 
An introductory course that presumes no previous knowledge of Arabic.  Students begin to acquire an integrated command of speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic. 

102c.  Elementary Arabic II. Russell Hopley
A continuation of Elementary Arabic I, focuses upon further developing students’ skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing Modern Standard Arabic.
Prerequisite: Arabic 101. 

203c. Intermediate Arabic I. Russell Hopley
A continuation of first-year Arabic, aiming to enhance proficiency in listening, speaking, writing, and reading through the study of more elaborate grammatical structures and exposure to more sophisticated texts.  Textbook material supplemented by readings from the Qur’an, the hadith, and early Arabic poetry.
Prerequisite: Arabic 102.

204c. Intermediate Arabic II. Russell Hopley 
A continuation of Intermediate Arabic I,  provides students with a more in-depth understanding of Modern Standard Arabic.  Aims to enhance proficiency in speaking, listening, and writing through the study of additional grammatical structures and authentic texts.  Textbook material supplemented by readings from the Qur’an, the hadith, and early Arabic poetry.
Prerequisite: Arabic 203.

291-294c. Intermediate Independent study in Arabic.  
Further refinement of students’ comprehension of Modern Standard Arabic through the study of  authentic texts and audio-visual material.  Aims to enhance understanding of sophisticated grammatical structures and expand significantly students’  knowledge of Arabic vocabulary.

299. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Arabic.
In-depth study conducted entirely in Arabic of topics related to the history, literature, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.  Course offerings will include Contemporary Arab Thought, The Arabic Literature of Islamic West Africa, Modern Arabic Poetry and  Poetic Theory, Classical Arab Historians and Biographers,  Jihad: Doctrine and Historical Development, The Arabic Literature of Islamic Spain and Sicily,  The Literature of the Lebanese Civil War,  Arabic Poetry of  Umayyad Damascus, and Contemporary Arabic Fiction from North Africa.

Arabic Overview in The College Catalogue »