The Arabic Language
Today, Arabic is the native language of over 300 million speakers in North Africa and West Asia. Arabic is also the primary language for Islamic scholarship from the seventh century to the present, and has historically functioned as a lingua franca for the entire Muslim scholarly world. Arabic has long served as the spoken and written language for a number of other confessional communities (Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Mandeans, and others).
Three-year Arabic Language Sequence
The UO curriculum offers three years of Arabic courses dedicated to increasing students’ ability to speak, read, understand, and write Arabic. Studies courses at the University of Oregon are designed to produce highly skilled Arabic speakers who pursue degrees in the academic majors of their choice, and to compete for national fellowships such as the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) program.
Arabic Text Courses
In addition to the three-year sequence, a number of additional courses cross-listed with their home departments are available to students who have completed the three-year sequence (or the permission of instructor), and to native speakers of Arabic. Both the topic and approach of these courses will vary depending on the professor.
Reading Classical Arabic focuses on Arabic grammar and syntax, and extremely close reading of classical Arabic sources that are well-known to contemporary native speakers. Other courses are thematic in organization, and may apply a proficiency based approach, a “read and translate” approach, or some combination, depending on the nature of the topic and professor leading the course.