Course Offerings

ARABIC (ARAB)

Students may petition to receive course credit by examination (CBE) for no more than 12 units towards the major, minor or certificate (see Page 51 for definition of this grade.) Exact times and places of examinations are announced by the departments concerned, students should make arrangements with the department office or coordinator well in advance.

Lower Division

101. College Arabic I
Introduction to Arabic including fundamentals of grammatical structure, pronunciation and culture. Formerly a topic under FLAN 101. (4 units)
102. College Arabic II
Further study of the fundamentals of grammatical structure, pronunciation and culture. Emphasis in oral communication, reading and writing. Formerly a topic under FLAN 102. Prerequisite: ARAB 101 or equivalent. (4 units)
103. College Arabic III
Emphasis on oral and writing competencies at the intermediate level in a cultural context. Formerly ARAB 150 and a topic under FLAN 150. Prerequisite: ARAB 102. (GE=C3) (4 units)
104. College Arabic IV
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Intermediate level. Prerequisite: ARAB 103 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
105. College Arabic V
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Intermediate level. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: ARAB 104 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
170. Beginning Arabic Conversation
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. (2 units)
201. Intermediate Arabic I
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 103 or equivalent. (GE=C3) (4 units)
202. Intermediate Arabic II
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 201 or equivalent. (GE=C3) (4 units)
203. Intermediate Arabic III
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 202 or equivalent. (GE=C3) (4 units)
204. Intermediate Arabic IV
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Advanced level. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: ARAB 203 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
205. Intermediate Arabic V
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency before moving to Advanced level. Prerequisite: ARAB 204 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
210. Arabic Calligraphy
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or equivalent. (2 units)
211. Pronunciation Practice
Traditional recitation methods to improve pronunciation and articulation of Arabic. May include poetry, passages from the Qur'an, and traditional songs. Prerequisite: ARAB 101 or consent of instructor. (2 units)
212. Arabic Composition
Comprehensive review of the principles of Arabic grammar, emphasizing their application to composition. Prerequisite: ARAB 103 or equivalent. (4 units)
214. Conversation in Arabic
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 103 or equivalent. (GE=C3) (4 units)
216. Introduction to Arabic Literary Text
Techniques of literary study and analysis through readings from various Arab-speaking cultures. Emphasis on vocabulary development, expression and written comprehension. Prerequisite: ARAB 103 or equivalent. (4 units)
290. Arabic Literature in Translation
Introduction to Arabic literature in English translation. (GE=C3) (4 units)
295. Intermediate Assessment
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 assessment portfolios. Satisfactory completion is required for enrollment in all upper-division Arabic courses. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: 12 units of ARAB courses at the 200-level or equivalent. (2 units)

Upper Division

301. Advanced Arabic I
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 203 or equivalent. (4 units)
302. Advanced Arabic II
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 301 or equivalent. (4 units)
303. Advanced Arabic III
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 302 or equivalent. (4 units)
304. Advanced Arabic IV
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 303 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
305. Advanced Arabic V
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 304 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
312. Advanced Arabic Composition
Practice in composition and short essay writing with emphasis on the development of good writing style and expressive vocabulary. Prerequisite: ARAB 212 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
314. Advanced Arabic Conversation
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 295 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
316. Arabic for the Professions
Oral and written practice in Arabic terminology used in various professions, with emphasis on cultural context. (4 units)
320. Arabic Phonetics
In-depth study of the Arabic sound system. Oral practice and study of general principles of Arabic phonology and dialectology. Prerequisite: ARAB 295 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
370. Arabic Film and Culture
Analysis and historical examination of Arabic cultures, literatures, and themes through Arabic-language films. (4 units)
399. Community Service Project
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 credit. No more than six units of credit may be applied toward degree requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of department. (1-2 units)
401. Fourth Year Arabic I
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes. Prerequisite: ARAB 303 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
402. Fourth Year Arabic II
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes. Prerequisite: ARAB 401 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
403. Fourth Year Arabic III
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes. Prerequisite: ARAB 402 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
404. Fourth Year Arabic IV
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes. Prerequisite: ARAB 403 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
405. Fourth Year Arabic V
Extended study of Arabic language for students needing to build proficiency for professional setting and advanced thematic classes. Prerequisite: ARAB 404 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
470. Contemporary Issues in Arab Culture
Study of prevalent socio-cultural, political, economic and intellectual issues in the Arab world. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ARAB 301 or equivalent or consent of instructor. (4 units)
471. Media in the Arab World
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 301 or equivalent or consent of instructor. (4 units)
480. Special Topics in Classical Islamic Texts
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. Prerequisite: ARAB 303 or 312 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
481. Special Topics in Contemporary Arabic Literature
Special topics in contemporary Arabic literatures such as novels, poetry, essays and drama. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ARAB 303, 312 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
496. Senior Assessment
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 an oral and written assessment. 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. (2 units)
575. Internship
Supervised work in a public or private organization. May be repeated for credit. No more than six units may be applied toward the B.A. in Arabic. Thirty hours of work per unit of credit plus a paper. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: ARAB 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor. (1-4 units)

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