Department of Arabic
Course Descriptions


Elementary Arabic 1 (1), (2)

Consists of elementary-level grammar analysis for a first-hand understanding of the linguistic characteristics of Arabic, with a particular emphasis on repeated practice.

Elementary Arabic 2 (1), (2)

Consists of basic grammar instruction for understanding elementary-level Arabic and vocabulary exposition for grasping concepts. Focuses on increasing general comprehension of Arabic by emphasizing how everything ties in with the general nature of Arabic grammar.

Elementary Arabic Language Lab (1), (2)

Focuses on repeated listening practice essential to speaking. Refines conversational fluency through listening to accurate, standard native pronunciation.

Elementary Arabic Conversation (1), (2)
Teaches elementary, everyday Arabic, accurate pronunciation, and basic language proficiency.

Studies of Arabic Region
Based on a broad understanding of the Arab world as a whole, the course focuses on analyzing the region from political, economic, social, and cultural angle and providing motivation for further, in-depth studies.

Intermediate Arabic (1), (2)
This intermediate-level Arabic course focuses on familiarization with the Arabic grammar and expressions learned in the elementary-level classes, and on enhancing general understanding of Arabic grammar and sentences. Specifically cultivates the ability to communicate in Arabic based on intermediate-level grammar rules and reading.

Practice in Intermediate Arabic Composition (1), (2)
Develops intermediate-level Arabic syntax analysis, comprehension, and composition skills based on basic grammar.

Intermediate Arabic Lab (1), (2)
Focuses on achieving native-like pronunciation and linguistic sense through repeated listening and speaking practices of audio- visual material.

Intermediate Arabic Conversation (1), (2)

Focuses on acquisition of practical Arabic and enhancement of practical conversation skills through direct verbal exchange with native Arabic-speaking professors.

History of Arabic Culture

Examines Arabic history, religion, thought, social institutions, and customs from a cultural perspective, laying the foundation for Arab Studies majors.

Advanced Arabic Conversation (1), (2)
Seeks to develop an advanced level of Arabic proficiency by expanding and enhancing Arabic conversational skills for practical, applications.

Business Arabic (1), (2)

Designed for practical understanding and application of business Arabic, the course primarily focuses on learning about Arabic business documents, business conversation, and bidding and advertising, to cultivate adaptability in the real business world.

Current Arabic
Studies the actual political, cultural, and economic condition of the Arab region through reading of Arabic newspapers. Teaches current Arabic as used in the newspaper articles.

Ancient Arabic Literature

Studies ancient literature as an important component of novels, essays, and plays and as the gem of Arabic literature.

Arabic Essay
Provides an overview of Arabic essays and theories. Studies famous selected works.

Arabic Syntax
Examines and models the rules governing Arabic syntax and compares its syntactic characteristics against other languages to identify its universal qualities and parameters.

Arabic Phonology
Compares the unique Arabic phonology against general phonology based on rules of consonant and vowel combination.

History of Arabic Linguistics
Studies the history and development of the Arabic language from pre-Islam to the present-day 21st century.

Arabic Drama
Studies major contemporary Arabic drama for appreciation of its literary value and for establishment of theory.

History of Islamic Thought

Examines the sources and fundamental principles of Islamic thought including Islamic laws, politics, economy, theology, philosophy, as well as the history and development process of Islam through the study of historical records.

History of Islam

Examines the spread and development of Islam in Arabic-speaking and non-Arabic-speaking regions and its development through studies of historical records.

Middle East Culture and Media
Middle Eastern media such as the Al Jazeera channel are becoming familiar to Korea due to the expansion of Islamic extremism. Middle Eastern media is becoming globalized through clashes or compromise with the West. This course looks into interaction among media, politics, and culture witnessed in modern Middle East in terms of both theories and symptoms. The classes are carried out with print publications and audio-video materials. It is essential for students who are interested in the Middle East, media, and globalization.

Diplomatic History of the Middle East
Focuses on understanding the political importance of the Arab world by examining the foreign policies of the Arabic countries by different era and identifying the trend and characteristics of their settlement process.

FLEX Arabic

This course improves the four skills of Arabic in preparation for the FLEX. It deals not only with FLEX reading and listening questions but also its speaking and writing questions to comprehensively prepare students for the exam. The ultimate goal is to improve the four skills of Arabic through practice in exam questions.

Advanced Arabic Grammar
Reviews all the Arabic grammar rules learned, in the larger context of Arabic linguistic structure. Focuses on improving syntactic analysis and understanding of Arabic sentence construction for a more accurate application.

Arabic Short Stories

Cultivates accurate linguistic fluency and sensitivity through readings of Arabic short stories, as a more effective method of learning.

Arabic Correspondence

Studies the epistolary styles used in Arab politics and economy for acquisition of formal Arabic sentence types and idiomatic expressions.

Arabic Novels

Studies ancient and contemporary Arabic short stories and novels by different genre and literary thought.

Practice in Arabic Translation
Consists of instruction in general Arabic syntactic theory, Arabic grammar, accurate translation into Arabic, and various other translation practices and exercises.

Understanding of Arabic Linguistics
Provides an overview of the Arabic language through the study of its phonology, phonetics, syntax, derivatives, and semantics.

History of Arab
Studies the history and development of the Arab world from antiquity to the present and important historical events.

Studies of Arabic Politics Society

Expands understanding of the Arab region through historical and empirical comparison and analysis of its politics, social institutions, and structure.

Seminar on Arabic Politics
A seminar type discussion of Arabic political trends and characteristics from a modern and post-modern perspective.

Studies of Hadith
Enhances understanding of Islam through the study of the Islamic doctrines reflected in the Prophet Mohammad's book of sayings and the religious obligations and practices of Muslims.

Studies of Semitic Language
A comparative study of the history, structural differences and commonalities of Semitic languages and Arabic languages.

History of Arabic Literature
Examines the history of Arabic literature. Deals with the development process of ancient and medieval Arabic literature and studies its characteristics by subsequent age and genre.

Comparative Politics of Arab
Discusses the important comparative methodologies with which to analyze the political and economic structure of the Middle Eastern countries.

Seminar on Arab
Develops a broad understanding of the Arabic world through study and discussion of a wide range of issues to do with the current Arabic-speaking region. Cultivates good judgment required of a regional specialist.

Comparative Studies on Written & Colloquial Arabic
Focuses primarily on comparative study of journalistic or formal Arabic and practical Arabic. Compares written and colloquial style of Arabic.

Theory of Arabic Writers
Examines the works of well-known Arab writers and studies their artistic world and characteristics.

Arabic Contemporary Literature
Focuses on understanding the mindset of the Arab peoples as reflected in the major Arabic literary genres of contemporary novel, poetry, and drama, and acquiring a more subtle linguistic sensitivity.

History of Islamic Culture

Broadly studies Islamic politics and religion, law, denominations, and theology. Goes beyond examining religious aspects to understand the Islamic culture as a whole.

Economics of the Middle East

Studies the economics of the Middle East in general. Focuses on enhancing understanding of the various issues involved in Middle Eastern economies.

Understanding of Arabic Literature
Examines Arabic literature for critical analysis of the nature, genre, and plot of different literary works.

Arabic Society & Language

Studies the unique bifurcation of the Arabic language into ‘Classical Arabic’ and ‘Colloquial Arabic’ to understand the influence of the latter on Arab society.

Arabic Poetry
Focuses on gaining a more accurate understanding of the sensitivities, emotions, subconscious, and thought of the Arabic people through the study of their poetry, accounting for much of Arabic literature.

Studies of Colloquial Arabic
Studies and analyzes the characteristics of colloquial Arabic distributed throughout Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, the peripheral regions of Iraq, and the Maghrib. Conducts comparative analysis of the differences in pronunciation and grammar.

Foreign Policy of Arab
Studies the background, content, and decision-making process of major Arab countries’ foreign policies for a better understanding of their international relations.

The Middle Eastern Marketing

Examines ways to strengthen ties and expand economic cooperation with the Middle Eastern countries through the study of their trade and investment status and related institutions, laws, commercial practices and other aspects pertaining to the Middle Eastern market.

Studies of Holy Koran
Studies the major chapters and holy verses of Koran through Tafsiir for a more accurate understanding of Islamic doctrines and thought.