University of Mississippi

The Arabic Language Minor

Course Requirements

The minor in Arabic requires the completion of 15 hours of Arabic courses, exclusive of 100-level courses and Arab 211

The Arabic Language Major

The Arabic Language Major is designed to prepare outstanding students at the University of Mississippi for work in occupations involving knowledge of complex Arabic constructions.

The Road Map to Major in Arabic

30 credit hours are required beyond the 200 level:

Year Two
ARAB311 (3) (Advanced Modern Standard Arabic) & ARAB313 (2) (basic colloquial Arabic) = 5 ARAB312 (3) (Advanced Modern Standard Arabic) & ARAB314 (2) (basic colloquial Arabic) = 5

Study Abroad Year Two
ARAB315 (6)

Year Three
ARAB411 (3) (Arabic Media) & ARAB413 (2) (Intermediate Colloquial Arabic) = 5
ARAB412 (3) (Advanced Conversation) & ARAB414 (2) (Intermediate Colloquial Arabic) = 5

Year Four
ARAB511 (3) (Introduction to Arabic Literature)
ARAB512 (3) (Introduction to the Qur'an) or
ARAB514 (3) (Survey of Arabic Literature from Pre-Islamic Times until present).

Course Descriptions

Arab 411: Media Arabic

Arab media coverage of international, domestic, economic, and cultural news. Course develops students' ability to comprehend and represent news reports to others. Students will develop a video of a news broadcast as a group, learning to work as a team. Each student will be responsible for writing a news article that they then use to publish a newsletter at the end of the semester.

Arab 413: Colloquial Arabic

Two sections of colloquial Arabic offer students the opportunity to learn Egyptian or Libyan variety of spoken Arabic. Both courses are designed to engage the student in a variety of topics to broaden knowledge of the appropriate level of Arabic to use in a given situation. Sensitivity to the sociolinguistic register is enhanced through role play, written and spoken homework exercises, and watching videos of Arab speakers talking in their dialect.

Arab 412: Upper-Level Arabic Conversation

Students engage in conversations on a wide-range of topics touching upon: the Arab family, Arab women, Arab food, education in the Arab World, illiteracy in the Arab World, religion and society, the Hijab in Islam, the Arabic language and its dialects, customs and traditions, Bedouins, Arab cultural identity, the question of Palestine, Arab media, Globalization, and others. Students are asked to write on each topic, engage in discussions in the classroom and choose a topic covered in class to expand on for presentations and mid-term and final papers.

Arab 511: Introduction to Arabic literature

Skills are developed at the advanced-superior levels through encouraging discourse-level language skills in speaking and writing. Weekly group discussions with focus on selected authentic reading and listening materials hone the art of literary criticism in reading and speaking. Major literary figures and their works written in Classical Arabic, MSA, and dialect are discussed, debated and analyzed. The students is asked to author a short story in the variety of Arabic they are most comfortable with for a final project and present their work in front of class.

ARAB 512: Introduction to the Qur'an

Designed to push the student to reach the advanced-high to superior level of proficiency in Arabic, this course focuses on familiarizing the student with the major themes of the Qur'an, the chronology of events that led to the revelations, understanding words associated with the Qur'an the way the first hearers of the message may have understood them, and acquiring knowledge about the tenants of Islam. The student is asked to discuss major themes of the Qur'an as they may be applied to current events through knowledge gained about fiqh 'Islamic jurisprudence' and the aḥādīt.

ARAB 514: Survey of Arabic Literature

This course is designed to broaden, enrich, and strengthen knowledge of major authors, their works, trends, and movements in Arabic and Islamic culture, philosophy, poetry, literature and prose. The learner is exposed to the chronology of important Arab literary and cultural figures augmenting vocabulary acquisition through exposure to a wide variety of genres. Advanced-superior level skills in conversation are cultivated through dyad and group practice as well as enhancing the ability to read and comprehend texts of different genres and time periods that have their own set of rules and conventions. Speaking and writing skills are enhanced through a focus on prose and writing style in formal classical Arabic and MSA.