All participants will take four courses: Modern Arabic, Christian-Muslim Relations, Oman Culture and Society, and Integrative Experiential Learning. Northwestern College will grant 16 credits upon completion of the program. The credits from the Oman semester fulfill Northwestern’s General Education cross-cultural requirement and the foreign language requirement and can also be used toward completing a minor in Middle East Studies and Cultural Studies at Northwestern. Please see Boryana Dobreva for more information.
Christian - Muslim Relations – 4 credits
Explores what it means to be a person of faith in a multi-faith world, and how to enter confidently into relationships with people of another faith.
Academic application: Cross-cultural General Education requirement; Equivalent for REL 385 (Religion majors)
Modern Arabic – 6 credits
Arabic is an important ingredient of the NWC Oman semester, essential for cross-cultural communication and for appreciating Omani culture, history, and society. This course offers two hours of Arabic instruction four days each week combined with conversational practice. Students often begin the course with little or no previous knowledge of Arabic. By the end of the course students will have acquired a variety of skills such as reading and listening comprehension, written and oral expression, as well as an insight into the Omani and Gulf Arab dialect. One semester of Arabic at the Al Amana Centre is equal to one year of university level Arabic. The Centre uses Al Kitaab curriculum supplemented by materials from our instructors. Al Kitaab is the standard Arabic textbook used in most US universities. This enables students to continue their second year of Arabic in any US university program. Students with previous instruction in Arabic will be placed in the Arabic class that corresponds to the appropriate level of their oral and written proficiency.
This course provides a strong foundation for students preparing for careers in foreign service in Arab countries, with corporations who do business in Arab nations, post-graduate degrees in Middle Eastern studies, Islamic studies, and Christian-Muslim Relations.
Academic application: General Education Language requirement
Oman Culture & Society – 4 credits
Readings, lectures and cultural field trips designed to provide a survey of the history, social structure, politics, religion, economy and culture of Oman, a microcosm of the Arab world, taught by a prominent Omani official.
Academic application: Elective credit towards graduation
Integrated Experiential Learning – 2 credits
A course designed to guide students in processing their intercultural experiences enabling them to integrate their discoveries with their sense of identity, their faith, their understanding of Islam and the value system of Arab culture in Oman, as well as their own culture and its place in a global context.
Academic application: Sociology elective credit