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Semitics 2018 Summer Language Program


Focus on the Christian Near East

The Semitics department offers intensive summer language courses through CUA 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 2018 Program includes introductory-level and reading-level courses in Classical Armenian, Coptic and Syriac.

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. Andrew Gross, Department Chair.


Summer Session 15: May 14-June 16, 2018 (5 weeks)

SEM 533 Basic Syriac (3 credits) MWF 3:00pm-5:30pm (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 10:00am-12:30pm (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 14-June 23, 2018 (6 weeks)

SEM 683 Basic Coptic (3 credits) T&Th 10:00am-1:20pm (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.

SEM 803 Introd. to Classical Armenian I (3 credits) TTH 4:00pm-7:10pm (Mullen 036)

Monica J. Blanchard

The fundamentals of Classical Armenian phonology, morphology, and syntax, offered in an intensive format during summer school.

Summer Session 25: June 25-July 28, 2018 (5 weeks)

SEM 631 Syriac Literature (3 credits) MWF 5:00pm-7:30pm (Mullen 036)

Monica J. Blanchard

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.

 Summer Session 26: June 25-August 4, 2018 (6 weeks)

SEM 804 Introd. to Classical Armenian II (3 credits) TTh 4:00 pm-7:10pm (Mullen 036)

Monica J. Blanchard

 Reading and analysis of classical Armenian literature. This course builds upon SEM 803's introduction to the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Classical Armenian.