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Arabic (Minor)

A minor in Arabic introduces students to the Arab world through learning the Arabic language. Arabic classes at ODU allow the students to explore authentic Arabic texts dealing with Middle Eastern literature, history, media, and politics of the region through the language spoken by its peoples. Starting from learning the alphabet in the beginner’s classes to more advanced Arabic classes that introduce the students to the area through authentic texts. Both Modern Standard Arabic and dialect are introduced in these classes to equip the students with adequate linguistic background to use in their careers or academic pursuits.

Arabic (Minor)


Description


What is Arabic at ODU like?

A minor in Arabic introduces students to the Arab world through learning the Arabic language. Arabic classes at ODU allow the students to explore authentic Arabic texts dealing with Middle Eastern literature, history, media, and politics of the region through the language spoken by its peoples. Starting from learning the alphabet in the beginner’s classes to more advanced Arabic classes that introduce the students to the area through authentic texts. Both Modern Standard Arabic and dialect are introduced in these classes to equip the students with adequate linguistic background to use in their careers or academic pursuits.

Program Highlights


What makes Arabic at ODU unique?

  • Prepares students to read authentic materials on the internet written by native speakers.

  • Equips students with adequate knowledge to analyze modern Arabic scripts, poetry, and religious texts.

  • Provides students with authentic Arabic experience through exploring its culture and values.

  • Sets the foundation for strong translation abilities from Arabic to English and vis versa.

  • Allows the students to communicate in both MSA and the Levantine dialect in classes to better prepare them to real life situations of speaking the language with native speakers in the Arab world.

  • Reaches out to native Arabic students on campus to enrich the students’ language and cultural experience.

  • Provides students enhanced opportunities for employment in NGOs and government-related jobs.

  • Students also have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource

Courses


What are some courses offered in Arabic at ODU?

ARAB 111F:
Beginning Arabic


This is an introductory class to Modern Standard Arabic and Middle Eastern Culture. Students are expected to reach intermediate low to intermediate mid-level. The Arabic alphabet and sounds are introduced as well as simple language in context reflecting the authentic cultural nuances dealing with simple topics ranging from family, school and hobbies. No prior knowledge is required.

ARAB 311:
Advanced Arabic Language and Culture I


The purpose of the class is to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar introduced in ARAB 111F and ARAB 212 through activating the learned materials and pushing the students to the advanced level. The language of interaction will be Levantine and Standard Arabic, which students will be able to manipulate to the specific language situations as in the countries this deglosic phenomenon exists. In addition to the grammar and vocabulary introduced in the textbook, the class will incorporate an extensive authentic reading component and a variety of Arabic contemporary media to reflect the linguistic and cultural aspects of the Middle East. Prerequisites: ARAB 212.

ARAB 312:
Advanced Arabic Language and Culture II


The class is a continuous sequence of ARAB 311 or an equivalent class. Students are expected to reach advanced low level and explore the Middle Eastern cultures through the language spoken there. Levantine and Standard Arabic are the only means of communication in this class. The class incorporates a high load of writing to express students' ideas relating to a wide variety of Middle Eastern topics and current events, which will be introduced through weekly readings and authentic media. This is a crucial class for students planning to travel to the Middle East, who want to explore the Arab world first hand. Prerequisites: ARAB 311.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Arabic at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Arabic should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses  specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of twelve hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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Fax:

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