Graduate Courses

ARAB 301 Seminar in Classical Arabic Literature (Poetry or Prose)
An overview of the formative elements (geographic, linguistic, ethnic, religious, and cultural)
and defining issues (identity, nature, and economic drives), with selective focuses on major
trends and figures in Classical Arabic Literature before 1258/657. The language of instruction
in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 303 Graduate Seminar in an Epoch, a Trend or a Book in Classical Arabic Literature
Negotiating Classical Arabic Literature through the historical method, the thematic approach,
or direct textual engagement, the selective focuses of this course cover a wide spectrum of
Arabic literary production before 1258/657. The language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 305 Graduate Seminar in Qur’anic Studies 
A survey of the different problems in Qur’anic studies, such as compilation of the Qur’an, alnasikh
wal-mansukh, al-muhkam wal-mutashabih, the secret letters, and the different schools
of tafsir. The language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 307 Graduate Seminar in European Literary Criticism
Its Influence on Modern Arabic Literary Criticism
The course studies the rise of the Arabic Romantic Movement, the modern and post-modern
trends, structuralism, intertextuality, deconstruction, as well as postcolonial, feminine and
cultural studies. The language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 309 Graduate Seminar in Arabic Sources.
A systematic survey of the major sources of Arabic literary and linguistic study. The different
genres represented by these sources are emphasized. The language of instruction in this course
is Arabic.

ARAB 311 Graduate Seminar in an Epoch, a Trend or a Book in Modern Arab Literature 
Focusing on a period, a trend, a particular author, or book, this course is an in-depth study using  modern, critical and comparative approaches to literature. The language of instruction in this ​course is Arabic.

ARAB 313 Graduate Seminar in Folk Literature
An analytic study of Arabic folk literature and its development. Study includes the different
influences on folk literature and its impact on Arabic literature during later centuries. The
language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 315 Graduate Seminar in Comparative Literature
This course deals with the theories and methods current in comparative literature in Arabic and
worldwide, encouraging research on trans-cultural aspects of literary production, theory and
criticism. The language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 317 Graduate Seminar in Advanced Semitics or Linguistics 
A study of the Arabic grammatical tradition, with special emphasis on the development of the
grammarians’ analytic methods. Alternatively, and according to need, the course could offer a
survey of comparative Semitic philology. The language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 351 Special Topics in Arabic Language and Literature 
A course that varies in content and focuses on selected topics in language and literature. The
language of instruction in this course is Arabic.

ARAB 390 Tutorial in Arabic Language or Literature 
May not be repeated for credit.

ARAB 395A/395B Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.

ARAB 399 MA Thesis 9 cr.

ARAB 401 Tutorial in Arabic Language or Literature 3 cr.

ARAB 480 Qualifying Exam Part I: Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.
Every semester.

ARAB 481 Qualifying Exam Part II: Defense of Thesis Proposal 0 cr.
Every semester.

ARAB 4841 PhD Thesis 30 cr.
Every semester. To be taken only by regular track PhD students. Taken at first thesis registration,
then registered for every subsequent semester with sequential letter annotations (A-L; 0
credits) until completion of thesis work.

ARAB 4881 PhD Thesis 42 cr.
Every semester. To be taken only by accelerated track PhD students. Taken at first thesis
registration, then registered for every subsequent semester with sequential letter annotations
(A-L; 0 credits) until completion of thesis work.