Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture
California University of Pennsylvania offers a 12 credit, completely online course for students interested in earning a certificate in Arabic Language and Culture. To help the teaching process, each student will receive a Rosetta Stone license that is available for use during the course. The major goals of this course are to improve Arabic language skills and to understand and develop a deeper appreciation of the Arabic culture.
Students can choose to earn 12 credits by studying Elementary Arabic I & II (ARB 101, ARB 102) and Intermediate Arabic I & II (ARB 203, ARB 204), or earn 9 credits (3 of the aforementioned classes) and an additional 3 credits in selected topic courses (ARB 480). Students should keep in mind that the prerequisite for ARB 102 is ARB 101, and the prerequisite class for ARB 203 is ARB 102. Therefore, students choosing to take 9 classes plus the selected topic can take ARB 101, ARB 102, & ARB 203/204, plus ARB 480.
These courses will begin in the fall. ARB 101 will be taught in the fall, and ARB 102 in the spring. There will be a summer break with classes resuming in the fall with ARB 203. ARB 204 and ARB 480 are taught in the spring.
The major focus of the class will be to help students read, write, and speak in Modern Standard Arabic. Topics covered will include geography, cuisine, religion, multiculturalism, and other related subjects pertaining to the course matter.
In order to successfully complete this course, students should have access to a computer, internet access, a webcam, and a scanner. Projects and assignments that are hand written will be scanned and sent to the professor. When students begin to take higher levels, such as Elementary Arabic II and above, they may wish to start typing their homework in Arabic. Therefore, they may want to purchase Arabic language packs for Microsoft Office, and a new keyboard to type in Arabic. However, keyboard layover pads can also be used as well as Arabic keyboard stickers.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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