Department of Arabic Interpretation and Translation
Course Descriptions

Elementary Arabic 1
The goal of this course is to enable comprehensive learning of Arabic, allowing students to gain basic knowledge on pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence structures required to systematically learn Arabic and to practice so that they can actively use the material they have learned. To this end, students acquire basic knowledge on Arabic pronunciation and grammar, develop the ability to read and understand basic sentences and writings, and also develop the ability to express themselves in short writing samples.

Elementary Arabic Conversation 1
Students build the basis for Arabic communication skills by mainly practicing expressions that are useful in daily Arabic conversations.

Analysis of Arabic Sentences or Arabic Grammar 1 (1), (2)
By giving analytic explanations on grammar that are needed to understand elementary Arabic, students are guided to identify and experience the characteristics of Arabic. In particular, students’ level of understanding will be strengthened by emphasizing the general characteristics of Arabic grammar, thereby developing their ability to analyze and understand sentences.

Arabic Listening and Pronunciation 1, 2
Students are trained mainly on basic Arabic expressions and sentence structures to learn accurate pronunciation and intonation of Arabic and effectively listen to Arabic. Through this process, students build a strong foundation for efficient Arabic learning in the advanced stage.

Intermediate Arabic (1), (2)
As an intermediate course in Arabic education, this course enables students to become proficient in Arabic grammar and expressions, which they have learned in the elementary course, and to further deepen their understanding of Arabic grammar and sentences. Students develop Arabic communication skills mainly by learning grammar rules and textual exposition that are appropriate for an intermediate course.

Intermediate Arabic Conversation (1), (2)
This course improves practical conversation skills by having students engage in dialogue with an Arabic professor and learn practical Arabic.

Arabic Sentences Analysis 2 (1), (2)
Students study the structure and meaning of Arabic sentences and develop the ability to use Arabic.

Arabic Listening Comprehension (1), (2)
Students develop skills in using Arabic by being trained in listening and understanding Arabic that is read by a person whose mother tongue is Arabic.

Introduction to Arabic Interpretation & Translation (1), (2)
Students study the basis for Arabic interpretation and translation.

Advanced Arabic Conversation (1), (2)
By advancing and developing Arabic conversation skills, this course enables students to acquire advanced Arabic communication skills that can be actually used in daily life.

Business Arabic (1), (2)
This course enhances the understanding of and the ability to use business Arabic. The main objective is to have students become accustomed to trade practicality by learning various subjects, such as trade documents, trade conversation, bidding customs, and advertisements.

Current Arabic
Through study of newspapers of Arabic countries, students learn regional conditions that are related to daily life, such as politics, culture, and the economy. Lectures are given on the subject of Arabic that is used in modern Arabic newspapers.

Ancient Arabic Literature
Ancient literature takes up a large part of Arabic novels, essays, and plays. The very essence of Arabic literature is learned through ancient Arabic literature.

Arabic Essay
This course presents an overall and theoretical outline on Arabic essays. Students also choose, research, and analyze leading works.

Arabic Syntax
As part of syntactic research on Arabic, this course creates rules involved with creating Arabic sentence structures into models, and compares the syntactic characteristics of Arabic sentences with those of other foreign languages. It thus identifies the universal characteristics and mediating variables of Arabic.

Arabic Phonology
Based on the vowels, consonants, and points and manners of articulation, students conduct comparative analyses between Arabic's unique phonological structure and general phonology.

History of Arabic Linguistics
This course entails conducting historical research on the development of Arabic, from before Islam to the 21st century.

Arabic Drama
By researching and analyzing key works, among contemporary Arabic dramas, students better understand the value of the works and relevant theories.


History of Islamic Thought
This course involves historical contemplations and research on the origin, fundamental principles, as well as the transitional and development process of Islamic thoughts, such as Islamic laws, politics, economy, theology, and philosophies.

History of Islam
This course takes a historical look at the spread and development of Islam in Arabic areas and non-Arabic areas after the advent of Islam.

Diplomatic History of the Middle East
Students review the foreign policies of Arabic nations by era and identify the flow and characteristics of their establishment process. Through this process, students gain an understanding of the prospective and political importance of the Arab world.

FLEX Arabic
This course enhances the four Arabic-related skills in preparation for the FLEX exam. It covers reading/listening of FLEX as well as speaking/writing, allowing students to comprehensively prepare for FLEX questions. The ultimate goal is for the students to develop the four skills related to Arabic through practice on exam questions.

Advanced Arabic Grammar
Students organize Arabic grammar that they have learned according to the Arabic grammar structure. In addition, focus is placed on accurate use of Arabic by expanding the scope of understanding and analytic skills with regards to Arabic sentence structures.

Arabic Short Stories
This course has students familiarize themselves with more effective learning by enabling them to fully use the Arabic language and enhance their linguistic sense through Arabic short stories.

Arabic Correspondence
By researching the styles of correspondences used in the Arabic political and economic sectors, students learn official Arabic sentence patterns and commonly used expressions.

Arabic Novels
This course involves categorizing and researching full-length novels and short stories of ancient to modern Arab into different genres and trends of thoughts.

Practice in Arabic Translation
Lectures encompass general sentence structures and grammar required for Arabic translation. Students engage in various training to ensure correct translation and use of correct Arabic expressions.

Understanding of Arabic Linguistics
Students will engage in overall Arabic linguistics research by studying Arabic phonology, phonetics, syntax, derivation, and semantics.

History of Arab
This course involves historical research on the transitional process of Arab from ancient to modern times as well as important historical incidents.

Studies of Arabic Politics Society
Students expand their understanding of the Arabic region by engaging in comparative analyses on the political and social systems of Arabic nations, based on historical and experiential approaches.

Seminar on Arabic Politics
Students study the political tendencies and characteristics of Arab from a modern and contemporary historical perspective through debates and seminars.

Studies of Hadith
This course promotes students’ understanding of Islam by researching the religious responsibilities and actions of the Muslim as well as Islamic doctrines incorporated in the memoirs of Muhammad, the Islamic prophet.

Middle East Culture and Media
People are becoming more aware of Middle Eastern media, such as Aljazeera, mainly due to the spread of Islamic extremism. Middle Eastern media is also undergoing the process of globalization, experiencing conflicts or compromises with the West. This course takes a look at interactions among the media, politics, and culture that take place in the Middle East. It covers theoretical approaches and phenomena. Classes are based on printouts and audio-video materials. It is an essential course for students who are interested in the Middle East, the media, and globalization.

Studies of Semitic Language
Students conduct comparative research on the different and common elements between Arabic and Semitic languages in terms of history and structure.

History of Arabic Literature
This course takes a historical look at Arabic literature. It covers the process of the development of ancient and medieval Arabic literature and enables students to research the genres and characteristics of Arabic literature of different eras.

Seminar on Arab
Students research, analyze, and discuss various matters related to modern Arab in general in order to promote a comprehensive understanding of Arab and enable the making of sound judgments as area study experts.

Comparative Studies on Written & Colloquial Arabic
By comparing the literary style and colloquial style of Arabic, students compare and review language used in newspapers and official terminologies with language used in daily life.

Theory of Arabic Writers
Students analyze the works of leading writers of Arab literature, through which they research the characteristics and the philosophy of the works.

Studies of Arabic Regional
This course aims to encourage students to engage in in-depth, professional research and analysis of regional conditions that allow them to approach research in various fields, such as politics, the economy, society, and culture, based on a comprehensive understanding of the Arab world in general.

Arabic Contemporary Literature
Students gain an understanding of the mindset of the Arabian people as shown in key genres of contemporary Arabic literature, such as novels, poems, and plays and gain a more detailed linguistic sense.

History of Islamic Culture
Students gain knowledge on the religious aspects of Islam as well as the Islamic culture in general by conducting overall research on Islamic politics, religion, laws, religious sects, and theology.

Economics of the Middle East
This course helps students understand various issues related to the economy of the Middle East by having them engage in research on the Middle Eastern economy in general.

History of Arabic Culture
Students develop basic skills needed as Arabic study majors by looking at Arabic history, religion, thoughts, social systems, and daily customs, from a cultural perspective.

Understanding of Arabic Literature
This course analyzes Arabic literary works and looks at each work’s characteristics, genre, and story structure from a critical perspective.

Comparative Studies of Arab Politics
After discussions on key comparative analysis methodologies, students engage in comparative analyses of the political and economic structures of Middle Eastern countries and identify the relationship between a nation and its politics.

Arabic Society & Language
Students research the various influences colloquial Arabic has on the Arabic society through diglossia, a linguistic characteristic of the Arabic society.

Arabic Poetry
This course enhances students’ understanding of the thoughts of Arabic people by accurately identifying, in detail, the senses, emotions, and consciousness of the Arabic people, through poetry, which makes up a substantial portion of its literature.

Studies of Colloquial Arabic
Students assess and analyze the characteristics of colloquial Arabic that is spoken across the Arabic region, including Egypt, Arabian Peninsula, areas surrounding Iraq, and Maghreb, after which they carry out comparative research on the differences in pronunciation and grammar.

Foreign Policy of Arab
This course has students analyze the background and content of the foreign policies of key Arab countries as well as the policy-making process. The intent is to enable students to understand international relations of the Arab world.

Studies of the Holy Koran
Students will research the contents of key writings and lessons of the Koran through Tafsir, thereby gaining an accurate understanding of religious doctrines and thoughts of Islam.