The Catholic University of America

Semitics 2016 Summer Language Program

 

Focus on the Christian Near East
 

The Semitics department offers intensive summer language courses through the Office of Summer Sessions.

Languages and literatures of the Christian Near East (Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Syriac) are a focus of the department's summer program.

The Summer 2016 Program includes introductory-level courses in Coptic, Syriac and Old Georgian. It includes reading-level courses in Biblical Hebrew, Coptic, Syriac and Old Georgian.

Students enrolled in these courses enjoy access to the Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR) collections in the University's Semitics/ICOR Library.


For questions about the department and its programs contact Dr. Edward M. Cook, Department Chair.

 

Summer Session 15: May 16-June 18, 2016 (5 weeks)

SEM 517 Readings in Biblical Hebrew (2 credits) TTh 10:45am-1:15pm (Mullen 034)

Alison Tsukada

Readings in the prose of the Hebrew Bible. The course presupposes a rigorous introductory course.

SEM 533 Basic Syriac (3 credits) MWF 12:00pm-2:30pm (Mullen 036)

Morgan Reed

The fundamentals of literary Syriac phonology, morphology, and syntax, offered in an intensive format in the summer session.

SEM 684 Readings in Coptic (2 credits) MW 2:30pm-5:00pm (Mullen 031)

Janet A. Timbie

Reading of selected Coptic texts in various dialects and types of literature. Prerequisites: SEM 681, SEM 683, or equivalent.

Summer Session 16: May 16-June 25, 2016 (6 weeks)

SEM 807 Basic Old Georgian (3 credits) MWF 4:00pm-6:05pm (Mullen 036)

Monica J. Blanchard

The fundamentals of Old Georgian phonology, morphology, and syntax, followed by the reading and analysis of texts. This introduction to Old Georgian is offered in an intensive format in the summer.

Summer Session 25: June 27-July 30, 2016 (5 weeks)

SEM 631 Syriac Literature (3 credits) MWF 12:00pm-2:30pm (Mullen 036)

Morgan Reed

Reading of selected texts in the several scripts and genres of Syriac literature, with a view to consolidating the student's mastery of the written language. Prerequisite: SEM 533 or equivalent.

SEM 808 Readings in Old Georgian (3 credits) MWF 4:00pm-6:30pm (Mullen 036)

Monica J. Blanchard

For students with a basic knowedge of Old Georgian. Reading of selected texts in the several scripts and genres of the literature. Prerequisite: SEM 807 or equivalent.

Summer Session 26: June 27-August 6, 2016 (6 weeks)

SEM 683 Basic Coptic (3 credits) T&Th 10:00am-1:10pm (Mullen 031)

Janet A. Timbie

The fundamentals of Sahidic Coptic phonology, morphology, and syntax, offered in an intensive format during summer school. Prerequisite: Basic Greek.