6: College of Arts and Sciences

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Course Descriptions

AMEL 493, 494 - (1-3) (SI)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor Independent study in special field under the direction of a faculty member in Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Note   AMTR courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

AMTR 301 - (3) (SI)
Men and Women of Asia and the Middle East

Focuses on literature of Asia and the Middle East (Chinese, Japanese, Persian) which depicts the world as seen through the eyes of men and women; includes poetry and prose from Ancient to Modern.

AMTR 311/511 - (3) (IR)
Women and Middle-Eastern Literatures

Explores some of the basic issues of women's identity in Middle Eastern literature. In a variety of readings (poetry, short-story, novel, and autobiography) by men and women, it explores both the image and presence of women in a rich and too-often neglected literature.

Arabic

ARAB 101, 102 - (4) (Y)
Elementary Arabic

Prerequisite for ARAB 102: ARAB 101 or equivalent
Introduction to the sound and writing systems of Arabic, including basic sentence structure and morphological patterns. A combination of the direct, audio-lingual, proficiency-based, and translation methods is used. The format consists of classroom discussions of a certain grammatical point followed by intensive practice.

ARAB 201, 202 - (4) (Y)
Intermediate Arabic

Prerequisite for ARAB 201: ARAB 102, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Prerequisite for ARAB 202: ARAB 201, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Continues training in modern standard Arabic, with emphasis on speaking, comprehension, writing, and reading. The method of teaching follows primarily the proficiency-based approach to language learning.

ARAB 225 - (3) (IR)
Conversational Arabic

Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Introduces students to spoken Arabic, with oral production highly emphasized.

ARAB 226 - (3) (IR)
Conversational Arabic

Prerequisite: ARAB 225 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Practice of conversation based on everyday situations. Enables communication with native speakers.

ARAB 227 - (3) (Y)
Culture and Society of the Contemporary Arab Middle East (in English)

Introduces the cultural traits and patterns of contemporary Arab society based on scholarly research, recent field work, and personal experiences and observations in the Arab world. No knowledge of Arabic is required.

ARAB 301/501, 302/502 - (3) (Y)
Readings in Literary Arabic

Prerequisite: ARAB 202, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Emphasizes reading of modern texts for oral-aural practice, as well as writing.

ARAB 323/523 - (3) (Y)
Arabic Conversation and Composition (in Arabic)

Prerequisite: ARAB 302 or permission of instructor
Emphasizes development of writing and speaking skills, with special attention on grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and the organization and style of different genres.

ARAB 324/524 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Arabic Conversation and Composition (in Arabic)

Prerequisite: ARAB 323 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Develops oral and written proficiency to an advanced level of fluency, with emphasis on speaking and writing.

ARAB 493, 494 - (1-3) (Y)
Independent Study in Arabic

ARAB 528 - (3) (SI)
The History of the Arabic Language (in English)

Prerequisite: At least one year of Arabic or Hebrew, and/or historical linguistics
Traces history of Arabic and its development up to present day. Studies the relation of Arabic to other languages that come in contact with it either through genetic relationship, such as Hebrew and Aramaic; or through conquest, such as Persian, Coptic, Berber, and others. Examines the external and internal factors of linguistic change.

ARAB 583 - (3) (Y)
Topics in Arabic Prose

Prerequisite: ARAB 302/502, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Emphasis on reading modern Arabic prose, and writing descriptive and narrative short essays.

ARAB 584 - (3) (Y)
Topics in Arabic Prose

Prerequisite: ARAB 583, or permission of instructor
Exposure to selected reading material in modern Arabic prose, and writing of short essays, summaries, and descriptive pieces in Arabic.

ARAB 585 - (3) (Y)
Media Arabic

Prerequisite: ARAB 583 and ARAB 584 or ARAB 301/501 and ARAB 302/502 or permission of instructor
Examination of electronic (television and radio) and print (newspapers, magazines, periodic publications) Arabic.

ARAB 586 - (3) (Y)
Nineteenth Century Arabic Prose

Prerequisite: ARAB 583 and ARAB 584 or permission of instructor
Examination of Arabic writing in the 19th century, a period of renaissance in the Arabic language.

ARTR 329/529 - (3) (Y)
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

Introduction to the development and themes of modern Arabic literature (poetry, short stories, novels and plays). Taught in English.

ARTR 339 - (3) (Y)
Love, Alienation, and Politics in Contemporary Arabic Novel

Introduction to the Arabic Novel with emphasis on a medium for expounding political issues of the Arab World.

Chinese

CHIN 101, 102 - (4) (Y)
Elementary Chinese

Prerequisite for CHIN 102: CHIN 101
Using modular materials, the course covers the basic necessities of daily communication: speaking, comprehending, and writing modern standard Chinese. Course is tape-based, modular in design, and fosters individualized learning. The goal is the ability to communicate in everyday situations.

CHIN 180 - (1-3) (SI)
Chinese Calligraphy

Introduction to the history, masters, styles and techniques of Chinese brush calligraphy. Enhances familiarity with use of brush and ink; active and passive differentiation of styles and techniques; and appreciation of Chinese Calligraphy as an art form.

CHIN 201, 202 - (4) (Y)
Intermediate Chinese

Prerequisite: CHIN 102, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Continued training in speaking, reading, and writing standard modern Chinese, to gain further familiarity with the culture and society. The same series of modular materials is used.

CHIN 301/501, 302/502 - (3) (Y)
Readings in Modern Chinese Literature

Prerequisite: CHIN 202, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Study of modern Chinese at the advanced level: reading and discussion in Chinese of various aspects of Chinese culture, society, and literature, using radio broadcasts and selections from newspapers, recent essays, short stories, etc.

CHIN 323/523- (3) (Y)
Chinese Conversation and Composition (in Chinese)

Prerequisite: CHIN 302 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Focuses on developing writing and speaking skills at a higher level than CHIN 302.

CHIN 324/524 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition (in Chinese)

Prerequisite: CHIN 323/523 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Further develops writing and speaking skills to an advanced level.

CHIN 493, 494 - (1-3) (Y)
Independent Study in Chinese

CHIN 528 - (3) (Y)
History of the Chinese Language (in Chinese)

Prerequisite: CHIN 323/523 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Examination of the evolution of the spoken and written language, diachronically and synchronically, from syntactic, phonological, lexical, and graphic perspectives.

CHIN 581, 582 - (3) (Y)
Media Chinese

Prerequisite: CHIN 302/502 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Introduces the electronic and print media in Chinese with special emphasis on current events as reported in the Chinese speaking world, to further develop oral and written proficiency.

CHIN 583, 584 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Classical Chinese

Prerequisite for CHIN 584: CHIN 583 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Introduction to the grammar and structure of classical Chinese.

CHIN 585, 586 - (3) (SI)
Classical Chinese Literature

Prerequisite: CHIN 583, 584 or equivalent
Advanced readings in classical Chinese.

CHTR 321, 322 - (3) (Y)
Chinese Literature in Translation

Study of the literary heritage of China. Examines the major genres through selected readings of representative authors. Taught in English.

Hindi

HIND 101, 102 - (4) (Y)
Elementary Hindi-Urdu

Prerequisite for HIND 102: HIND 101
Introductory training in the speaking, understanding, reading, and writing of Hindi.

HIND 201, 202 - (4) (Y)
Intermediate Hindi

Prerequisite for HIND 201: HIND 102, or equivalent
Prerequisite for HIND 202: HIND 201, or equivalent
An introduction to various types of written and spoken Hindi; vocabulary building, idioms and problems of syntax; and conversation in Hindi.

HIND 301/501, 302/502 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Hindi

Prerequisite: HIND 202 , or equivalent or permission of instructor
Readings are drawn from areas of particular interest to the students involved, and include readings from various disciplines.

HIND 323, 324 - (3) (Y)
Fourth-Year Hindi

Prerequisite: HIND 302/502 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
HIND 323 (first semester) includes readings in Hindi from a variety of the literary works, including selections from Manasarovar, (a collection of short stories by Premchand) and Usha Nilsson's Anthology of Hindi Stories.
HIND 324 (second semester) includes readings from college textbooks on social institutions (social anthropology) among others.

HIND 493, 494 - (1-3) (Y)
Independent Study in Hindi

Japanese

JAPN 101, 102 - (4) (Y)
Elementary Japanese

Prerequisite for JAPN 102: JAPN 101, or equivalent
Introduces the basic speech patterns and grammatical units, including casual, daily spoken style, and the polite speech used in formal occasions. Emphasizes speaking, hearing, and reading. Writing hiragana, katakana, and 200 kanji are also introduced.

JAPN 201, 202 - (4) (Y)
Intermediate Japanese

Prerequisite: JAPN 102 or equivalent
Continuation of Elementary Japanese introducing more complex sentence patterns, idioms, and vocabulary to prepare students for an intermediate-level communication. Reinforces spoken Japanese skills with writing and reading exercises, and 250 kanji are introduced.

JAPN 301/501, 302/502 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Reading and Conversation in Japanese I

Prerequisite: JAPN 202 , or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Emphasizes comprehension and active reproduction of modern Japanese beyond the basic patterns of speech and writing. Various topics on current Japanese culture and society are introduced.

JAPN 493, 494 - (1-3) (Y)
Independent Study in Japanese

JAPN 531 - (3) (Y)
A Cultural Understanding of U.S.-Japan Relations

Prerequisite: At least one course in Japanese literature, history or political science, or equivalent
Introduction to the socio-cultural aspects of the Japanese society and people, and how these effect the Japanese response to international events, in particular, those in the United States. Implications of cultural differences in interpersonal relationships, basic behavioral patterns, motivations and communication style are explored. Taught in English.

JAPN 583, 584 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Reading and Conversation in Japanese II

Prerequisite: JAPN 302/502 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
An advanced reading and free conversation course designed to expose students to selected modern Japanese literary works, newspapers, and television dramas, including articles on Japanese society, culture, and politics.

JAPN 585, 586 - (3) (Y)
Media Japanese I & II

Prerequisite: JAPN 584 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Conversation and composition based upon selections from major Japanese newspapers and television programs covering a wide range of topics on current issues in contemporary Japan. In addition to reading, listening, and interpreting newspaper articles and television programs, course examines the journalistic writing style which is markedly different from other writings in Japanese literature or business.

JAPN 590 - (3) (Y)
Readings in Classical Japanese Literature

Prerequisite: JAPN 583, 584 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Provides a basic understanding of classical Japanese. Readings are taken from a variety of classical texts and introduce several literary genres such as the monogatari, uta-monogatari, zuihitsu, nikki, waka, and haiku of pre-modern Japan.

JAPN 591 - (3) (SI)
Modern Japanese Literary Prose

Prerequisite: CHIN 583, 584 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Appreciation of Japanese literary works by modern (1868-present) Japanese novelists through a close reading and examination of the original prose, which is markedly different from spoken Japanese and other non-literary Japanese writings.

JAPN 592 - (3) (Y)
Conflicting Postwar Images in Modern Japan

Prerequisite: CHIN 583, 584 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
This course challenges the stereotypic image of Japan, and looks at postwar Japan as it is embroiled in conflict, oppression and doubt. Emphasizes a close reading of the texts along with gaining an understanding of how the Japanese confront the unsettling issues of dissent and conflict.

JAPN 593, 594 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Readings on Society and Culture I and II

Prerequisite: CHIN 583, 584 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Exposing students to the most advanced training in modern Japanese language, these courses read, interpret, and discuss Japanese books written by Japanese for the general Japanese audience on such subjects as the cultural differences between U. S. and Japan, economics, education, journalism, and politics.

Note   JPTR courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

JPTR 321 - (3) (Y)
The Tale of Genji: Love and Marriage, Japanese Style

An introduction to the elegant world of classical Japanese literary tradition represented by one of the world's masterpieces, The Tale of Genji (1010 A.D.) written by Lady Murasaki. Students examine the ritual of courting and women's position in the marriage institution; rituals of birth, marriage and death; the search for inner peace and unity with nature; non-verbal communication and the problem of ambiguity; the power of intuition and implication; and the aesthetics of mono no awars, an aesthetic of longing imbued with Buddism, or the ephemerality of human existence.

JPTR 322/522 - (3) (Y)
Women, Nature, and Society in Modern Japanese Fiction

Introduces students to representative works of modern Japanese literature from 1885 to the present. Focuses on the essential characteristics of the Japanese people and society, their interpersonal relationships, and world view which is deeply linked with nature. Attempts to look at each topic from cross-cultural disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, sociology and various schools of modern literary criticism.

JPTR 341/541 - (3) (Y)
Ideas and Images in Traditional Japan

Introduction to traditional Japanese culture from the ancient period up through the Meiji period. Includes an examination of early folk beliefs, creations myths and ideas about language. Topics include the aesthetics of court society, warrior practices and castle towns, encounter with Europeans and Christianity in Japan, and consumerism and hedonism of the merchant class in the Edo period.

JPTR 351/551 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese Literature

Introduction to the major texts of pre-modern Japanese literature covering the period from the seventh to eighteenth centuries. By primarily examining the classical narrative and poetic traditions in ancient Japan, with a short segment devoted to the dramatic arts of the No and puppet theatre, this course chronologically focuses upon the literary genres unique to each period and provides an aesthetic and cultural background to the events surrounding those texts. No knowledge of Japanese language necessary.

JPTR 352/552 - (3) (Y)
Classical Japanese Poetry in Translation

Close reading of various forms of classical poetry written between the eighth and nineteenth centuries. Discussion focuses on the privileged position of the poetic tradition in Japanese literature, classical themes and conventions, major poetic anthologies, the ritual and social function of poetry, and poetry as an integral part of narrative and the dramatic arts. No knowledge of Japanese language necessary.

JPTR 581 - (3) (Y)
Women Writers in Classical Japan

Prerequisite: JPTR 321/521 or equivalent, or permission of instructor Introduces the most celebrated period in Japanese literary history in which women of the Heian court (797-1190) produced the flowering of vernacular literature, nikki bunqaku (a mixture of prose and poetry called a poetic diary).

JPTR 382/582 - (3) (Y)
Modern Japanese Women Writers

Prerequisite: JPTR 322 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Introduction to the resurgence of the female literary tradition from 1904 to the present. Course focuses on how literary women in Japan express their subversive voice often through the autobiographical fiction.

Persian

PERS 101, 102 - (4) (E)
Elementary Persian

Prerequisite for PERS 102: PERS 101, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
An introductory language sequence focusing on reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking of modern Persian through audio-lingual methods. Persian grammar is introduced through sentence patterns in the form of dialogues and monologues.

PERS 201, 202 - (4) (E)
Intermediate Persian

Prerequisite: PERS 102, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Each course focuses on the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills. Special attention is paid to reading comprehension using selections from classical and modern Persian prose and poetry, preparing students for advanced studies in Indo-Persian language and literature.

PERS 301/501 - (3) (IR)
Readings in Modern Persian Poetry

Prerequisite: PERS 202, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
The works of major and some minor poets of the twentieth century are studied. The form and content of "New Poetry" is discussed as distinguishing features of twentieth-century Persian poetry in contrast with those of classical Persian poetry. Emphasis is also given to the themes of modern poetry as reflections of Iranian society.

PERS 302/502 - (3) (IR)
Readings in Modern Persian Prose Fiction

Prerequisite: PERS 202, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Selections from the works of major writers of the century are read, and the development of modern Persian fiction as it reflects a changing society is the basis of discussions. Improves the students' reading ability in Persian and familiarizes them with Iran, its people, and its culture.

PERS 493, 494 - (1-3) (Y)
Independent Study in Persian

Note   PETR courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

PETR 321/521 - (3) (IR)
Persian Literature in Translation

The works of major figures in classical Persian literature, especially Rudaki, Ferdowsi, Khayyam, Attar, Mowlavi, Sa'adi, and Hafez, as well as the most important minor writers of each period, are read. Special attention is given to the role of the Ma'shuq (the beloved), Mamduh (the praised one), and Ma'bud (the worshiped one) in classical verse as well as the use of allegory and similar devices in both prose and verse. Taught in English.

PETR 322/522 - (3) (IR)
Twentieth-Century Persian Literature in Translation

Introduces modern Persian literature in the context of Iranian society and civilization. Lectures and discussions follow the development of modern Persian poetry and prose, and trace the influence of Western and other literature, as well as Iranian literary and cultural heritage, on the works of contemporary Iranian writers. Facilitates understanding of contemporary Iran, especially its people, both individually and collectively, with their particular problems and aspirations in the twentieth-century world. Taught in English.

Sanskrit

SANS 501, 502 - (3) (Y)
Elementary Sanskrit

Prerequisite for SANS 502: SANS 501 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Study of Sanskrit grammar, phonology and Devanagari script. Includes selected readings and exercises, textual analysis with considerable required memorization, and oral drill.

SANS 503 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Sanskrit Poetry

Prerequisite: SANS 502 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Readings in Sanskrit from a variety of poetic works including Kalidasa's Ritusamhara (The Seasons) and Bilhana's Caurapancasika (The Theif: His Fifty Verses), emphasizing metrical forms and poetic devices.

SANS 504 - (3) (Y)
Sanskrit Poetry: The Poet Kalidasa

Prerequisite: SANS 502 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Readings in Sanskrit from a variety of Kalidasa's poetic works, including his long poem Meghadutam (The Cloud Messenger) and his collection Srngaratilakam, among others.

Urdu

URDU 201, 202 - (4) (Y)
Intermediate Urdu

Prerequisite for URDU 201: HIND 102 or equivalent; for URDU 202: HIND 201 or equivalent
An introduction to various types of written and spoken Urdu; vocabulary building, idioms and problems of syntax; and conversation in Urdu.

URDU 493, 494 - (1-3) (IR)
Independent Study in Urdu


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