Ahlan wa Sahlan to the Arabic Program at Bucknell University


Why Study Arabic?

Arabic, one of the world's most widely spoken languages as well as one of the official languages of the United Nations, is of great importance these days (more than ever before!). Arabic is named as a "critical language" by the U.S. State Department and thus offers several scholarships for language study in the U.S. and abroad. Arabic speakers are in such great demand and there are many career paths to follow with Arabic in national and international government positions.

Students of International Relations and Political Science are some of many who would benefit from additional knowledge of Arabic language and culture. Bucknellians feel that knowing Arabic will give them a career edge in such fields as diplomacy, intelligence, engineering, business and international developments.

The Arabic Studies Program at Bucknell University

The Arabic program at Bucknell University emphasizes all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and covers both Modern Standard Arabic as well as Spoken Arabic (colloquial Levantine dialects). We use the most widely taught textbook series, Al-Kitaab, along with an online companion site to make the learning process more interesting and individual. We also use a variety of supplementary authentic materials such as newspapers and magazines, songs, videos, Middle Eastern cuisine, Skype with native speakers of Arabic, etc to make the cultural context come alive. The program is developed to get students speaking in Arabic as quickly as possible; by the end of the first year, classes are conducted primarily in Arabic.

Arabic Studies Minor

Available for the Class of 2014 and beyond, the Arabic studies minor consists of six courses, four of which must include the core language courses at the level of ARBC 101 and/or above; and two language or interdisciplinary courses offered by the Arabic Studies Program or other disciplines such as Classics, International Relations, Political Science, Religion, Philosophy, Art or History.  Two half-credit courses are considered as one course toward fulfilling the minor requirements. Arabic minors are strongly encouraged to participate in approved study abroad programs in any Arabic-speaking country. No more than two of the study abroad courses can count toward fulfilling the Arabic minor requirements. Arabic minors who opt to apply for an Arabic study abroad program must receive course approval from the director of the Arabic Studies Program prior to starting the program.

Students interested in the Arabic minor should consult Professor Martin Isleem for the appropriate sequencing of courses (see contact info below).

Faculty

Martin Isleem, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Director, Arabic Studies Program (martin.isleem@bucknell.edu)
B.A Haifa University, Israel; M.A The Open University of Israel, Israel; Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Contact Information

Located in 170 Coleman Hall.

ph: 1.570.577.1353
fax: 1.570.577.1948
pglass@bucknell.edu

Arabic Studies Program
Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Current Courses

The most up-to-date information about courses is available through Banner Web.

Course Descriptions

101

Beginning Arabic (I or II; 3, 1)

Beginning language skills. Practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Elementary grammar. Introduction to Arabic culture.

102

Beginning Arabic II (I or II; 3, 1)

Continuation of Arabic language skills. Practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: ARBC 101 or equivalent.

103

Intermediate Arabic I (I or II; 3, 1)

A continuation and review of basic grammar, emphasizing all four language skills and culture. Prerequisite: ARBC 102 or equivalent.

104

Intermediate Arabic II (I or II; 3, 1)

Review of basic grammar with an emphasis on all four language skills and culture. Prerequisite: ARBC 103 or equivalent.

105

Intensive Intermediate Arabic I (I or II; 4, 1)

Continuation of Arabic language skills. Practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: ARBC 101 or equivalent.

201

Intermediate Arabic Conversation I (I; 2, 0) Half course.

Concentration on development of speaking skills. Conducted entirely in Arabic by native speaker. Prerequisite: ARBC 102.

202

Intermediate Arabic Conversation II (II; 2, 0) Half course.

Concentration on development of speaking skills. Conducted entirely in Arabic by native speaker. Prerequisite: ARBC 103.

203

Unveiling the Hijab’s Culture (AI or AII; 3, 0)

An introductory cultural course to various aspects of the Muslim and Arab world to get a deep look at the Middle Eastern culture and customs.

250

Topics in Arabic Studies (I or II; 3, 0)

Study of topics in Arabic language, cultures, and societies. Prerequisite: ARBC 102 or equivalent. 

301

Advanced Topics in Arabic (I or II; R) Half to full course.

Advanced Arabic independent study under the direction and supervision of an instructor. Topics to be selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

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