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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Arabic Courses

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Arabic class at USD or elsewhere.

Lower Division Courses
101 First Semester Arabic 201 Third Semester Arabic
102 Second Semester Arabic 202 Fourth Semester Arabic
194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Arabic
  294 Topics in Language, L:iterature, or Culture
Upper Division Courses
394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Arabic
499 Independent Study

Lower-Division Courses (ARAB)

A passing grade in Arabic 201 satisfies the core curriculum requirement.

101 First Semester Arabic (3)

An introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Modern, Standard Arabic as well as the cultures of Arabic-speaking peoples. Prerequisite: Placement exam or waiver of placement. Every Fall.

102 Second Semester Arabic (3)

Continuation of the skills developed in Arabic 101. Increased practice in reading and writing. Acquisition of new vocabulary consolidated through conversation stressing the relationship between language and culture. Prerequisite: ARAB 101 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every Spring.

194 topics in language, literature, or culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: None.

201 Third Semester Arabic (3)

Further development of language competence to the intermediate level. Introduction of easier literary and cultural readings which will solidify reading skills and provide deeper understanding of Arabic cultures. Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every Fall.

202 Fourth Semester Arabic (3)

Continued development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Emphasis on simple present in two different cases and in negation, past, and future tenses of the Arabic verb; personal object pronouns, noun and verb sentences. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify family members, relatives and social relation; describe professions and college study subjects and specializations; describe concrete places and situations; understand, express, and respond to abstract and information questions; read dialogues and paragraphs; write more articulate sentences and paragraphs. Prerequisite: ARAB 201 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every Spring.

293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Arabic (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department's Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student's skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite: ARAB 202 or approval of the instructor.

Upper-Division Courses (ARAB)

394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture.  This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor. Prerequisite: ARAB 202 or approval of the instructor.

493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Arabic (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community agency in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor, department chair, or the language coordinator.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

A program arranged between student and instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consulation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor. The course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor and the department chair.