Students will develop the ability to comprehend cultural differences and deconstruct ethnocentricity. They will learn through education-abroad context, various aspects of the culture, traditions and beliefs in an Arab-speaking country. They will integrate global awareness and cultural interaction capacities.
The Minor in Arabic requires a learning program in an Arabic speaking country for the equivalent of 15 quarter credits. See all of the requirements for the Minor in Arabic here.
In the Spring Quarter, students will enroll in the pre-departure course, Arabic 3910. Arabic 3910 is an intensive Orientation Course; this course focuses on diverse experiences that increase cultural awareness. All of these historical sites and experiences will be presented to students in media form during classroom course study. In previous Arabic Languages course work, students will have also completed group projects related to these historical cities that will then be seen firsthand.
Having direct experiences will expand and deepen students’ perceptions about religion, history, culture, family, and world affairs. These trips will also enable students to meet new people and exchange experiences with them. These relationships will personalize the language and provide the emotional and social motivation to continue to improve their language study and practice when they return to the US.
Students will continue their Arabic language studies for three weeks in Morocco. They will take intensive courses on Modern Standard Arabic, culture, and society from their SU professor as well as faculty at the University Mohammed V, in Rabat. Arabic 3910 course continues in Morocco where students will be provided with numerous opportunities to interact with and learn from native Moroccans daily during their study.
The students will be living, eating, and cooking with Moroccan families. They will also be interacting with bilingual Moroccan students their age from the university level. They will learn colloquialisms of the language, useful phrases, and will explore new interests and hobbies. They will discover new foods and ways of dress, and will be exposed to every aspect of everyday life in Morocco. Virtually every aspect of the host culture and environment will be integrated into the program, as can be seen by the extensive and varied experiences and sites that will be provided during the program.
Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. It is the administrative and the cultural city of Morocco. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean. Rabat is rich on historical sites and beautiful beaches, gardens, medinas, homes, schools, festivals, museums, and libraries. They will meet with Moroccan artists, writers, and professors.
Students will also visit the medieval cities of Morocco: Fez and Marrakech. They will visit the amazing Mediterranean coast of the country known by its cities of art and beautiful landscapes.
They will visit the exotic Sahara and explore the life, the culture, and the nature there.
Prof. Amina Moujtahid, Email
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