Arabic courses

101. Elementary Arabic with Lab.
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic and Arab culture, for students who have never studied Arabic. The course begins with an introduction to Arabic sounds and letters. The teaching and learning emphasize the functional use of Arabic and communication in context by means of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course also introduces students to aspects of Arabic culture and everyday life in the Middle East. At the end of the course, students will be able to read and write Arabic at a basic level. Also offered through African Studies. This course meets one of two Diversity (DIV13) requirements.

102. Elementary Arabic with Lab.
This is a continuation of Arabic 101. Students learn to differentiate among verbs, nouns, and adjectives and to conjugate verbs in the present and the past. Emphasis is on the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Understanding more complex elements of Arabic culture and writing is stressed.  Also offered through African Studies. This course meets one of two Diversity (DIV13) requirements.

103. Intermediate Arabic with Lab.
This course is geared toward consolidating skills gained in Arabic 101 and 102 while enhancing the ability to converse and conduct oneself in Arabic. Reading skills are enhanced by exposure to more sophisticated examples of literature. Original written expression is encouraged through the composition of short essays. Prerequisite: Arabic 102 or equivalent.  Also offered through African Studies.

104. Intermediate Arabic 104 with Lab/LANG 3xxx in English - Arab Society through Graphic Novels, Literature, Films, and Social Media.
This course examines Arabic society through graphic novels, films, cartoons & songs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Special attention will be given to the Arab world, family, personal rights, gender relations, religion, the Arab experience in the U.S., Arab American relations, and the role of the past and of social change. A significant portion of the course is specifically intended to increase students' sensitivity to racial bias and sharpen awareness of multicultural issues. The course material will be explored through films, songs, lectures, and readings in addition to discussions based upon the assigned readings and lectures. The films screened as part of the course will be analyzed as socially produced narratives that reveal some of the central tensions and concerns of the culture from which they emerged. Students will be introduced to various genres that characterize Arab cinema such as epic, comedy, drama, documentary, and historical among othersThe course is offered in English for all SLU students. Students minoring in Arabic will have to register through ARAB104. Students should complete their written work in the language chosen at registration. This course fulfills the ARTS requirements.

201. Advanced Arabic (occasionally taught)
In this course, we focus on Arabic at the advanced level through an in-depth examination of grammar, and reading of selected texts to develop the student’s ability in the critical oral and written analysis of integral literary texts. Colloquial Arabic will be introduced (Lebanese). Many cultural subjects will be covered as many films will be discussed and analyzed.

489-490: Senior Year Experience (SYE)