The Semitics department offers intensive summer language courses through 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 2020 Program includes introductory-level and reading-level courses in Coptic, Classical Armenian, Classical Ethiopic, and Syriac. It includes a seminar-level course in Christian Arabic texts and grammar. All Semitics department Summer 2020 Program classes will be offered through virtual learning environments. 

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 18-June 20, 2020 (5 weeks)

    SEM 533 Basic Syriac (3 credits) MWF 4:30pm-7:00pm

    Monica J. Blanchard

    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

    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 18-June 27, 2020 (6 weeks)

    SEM 551 Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (3 credits) MWF 4:15pm-6:20pm

    Dawit Muluneh

    Fundamentals of phonology, morphology, syntax, and the writing system of Classical Ethiopic, followed by selected readings.

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

    Janet A. Timbie

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

    SEM 744 Seminar in Christian Arabic Texts and Grammar (3 credits) MW 9:00am-12:10pm

    Shawqi N. Talia

    This course introduces the various topics of Christian Arabic through the reading of original texts. These topics include theology, philosophy, Christian-Muslim apologetics, history, and the history of intra-Christian debates. In addition, the course will emphasize the study of all aspects of Christian Arabic grammar. Prerequisite: 2 years of Classical Arabic or equivalent. Contact Dr. Talia for more information.

    SEM 803 Basic Classical Armenian (3 credits) TTH 4:00pm-7:10pm

    Monica J. Blanchard

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

  • Summer Session 25: June 29-August 1, 2020 (5 weeks)

    SEM 631 Syriac Literature (3 credits) MWF 4:30pm-7:00pm

    Monica J. Blanchard

    Reading of selected Syriac texts in various types of literature. Prerequisite: SEM 533 or equivalent.

  • Summer Session 26: June 29-August 8, 2020 (6 weeks)

    SEM 552 Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (3 credits) MWF 4:15pm-6:20pm

    Dawit Muluneh

    Fundamentals of phonology, morphology, syntax, and the writing system of Classical Ethiopic, followed by selected readings.

    SEM 804 Readings in Classical Armenian (3 credits) TTH 4:00pm-7:10pm

    Monica J. Blanchard

    Reading of selected Classical Armenian texts in various types of literature. Prerequisite: SEM 803 or equivalent.