Ahlan wa Sahlan to the Arabic Program at Bucknell University
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 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.
The Arabic Studies minor consists of five courses. Students must complete the sequence of the core language courses through ARBC 104, plus additional coursework to reach a total of five credits toward the minor. Additional courses may be taken in Arabic Studies or other disciplines, such as International Relations, Political Science, Religion, Philosophy, Art, and 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).
The Course Catalog provides course descriptions.
The most up-to-date information about course offerings can be found in Banner Web.
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