Arabic

Sohail Hashmi, Chair

Denise Falk, Academic Department Coordinator


112 Ciruti Center
413-538-2885
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/asian/

Overview and Contact Information

The Arabic program at Mount Holyoke is a part of the Five College Arabic Language Initiative. The coursework focuses on developing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Arabic as well as in Arabic culture. The program offers two full years of Arabic instruction and sometimes a third year at Mount Holyoke. Students can pursue advanced studies of Arabic in the Five College Consortium. Students who study Arabic may choose to complete the minor in Arabic listed here or the major in Middle Eastern Studies for which language study is a principal component.

See Also

Faculty

This area of study is administered by the Asian Studies Committee:

Satyananda Gabriel, Professor of Economics

Rie Hachiyanagi, Professor of Art

Sohail Hashmi, Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics

Kavita Khory, Professor of Politics

Susanne Mrozik, Professor of Religion

Naoko Nemoto, Professor of Asian Studies, Teaching Spring Only

Joshua Roth, Professor of Anthropology

Ajay Sinha, Professor of Art History

Ying Wang, Felicia Gressitt Bock Professor of Asian Studies

Calvin Chen, Associate Professor of Politics

Amina Steinfels, Associate Professor of Religion

Elif Babul, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Lan Wu, Assistant Professor of History

Lisha Xu, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies

Heba Arafah, Five College Lecturer in Arabic, On Leave 2017-2018

Kyae-Sung Park, Five College Lecturer in Korean

Lei Yan, Lecturer in Chinese

Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History

Mohamed Hassan, Five College Senior Lecturer in Arabic

Suk Massey, Five College Lecturer in Korean

Chihiro Hanami, Visiting Instructor in Japanese

Syonara Tomoum, Five College Visiting Instructor in Arabic

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 16 credits:

At least two 300-level courses in Arabic8
8 additional credits of Arabic language courses at the 200 level or higher8
Total Credits16

Additional Specifications

  • Independent Studies (ASIAN-295 or ASIAN-395) do not count toward the minor
  • Language courses that are not taken at MHC must be approved by the head of the Arabic program at Mount Holyoke College to count toward the minor
  • Courses taught in English do not count toward the minor

Courses Counting towards the Arabic Minor

ASIAN-232 Second Year Arabic I

Fall. Credits: 4

Students in this course will continue perfecting their knowledge of Arabic, focusing on the four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students should expect text assignments as well as work with DVDs, audio, and websites. Exercises include writing, social interactions, role plays, and the interplay of language and culture. Students will use Al Kitaab, Book 2 (3rd edition), completing Chapter 4 by the end of the semester.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
S. Tomoum
Prereq: ASIAN-131.
Advisory: Asian Studies 131 or equivalent (contact Mohamed El-Sawi Hassan at Amherst College for placement)

ASIAN-233 Second Year Arabic II

Spring. Credits: 4

Students in this course will continue furthering their knowledge of Arabic, focusing on the four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students should expect text assignments as well as work with DVDs, audio, and websites. Exercises include writing, social interactions, role plays, and the interplay of language and culture. Students will continue using Georgetown Textbook Al Kitaab, Book 2, 3rd edition. The prerequisite is Arabic 130-131 or the equivalent.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
S. Tomoum
Prereq: ASIAN-232 or equivalent.