Next semester, we students of CASA have the opportunity to take courses that are not solely focused on language and have academic content as well. Moreover, we get the chance to suggest courses ourselves. Since we are all a bunch of nerds, there has been a flowering of emails suggesting all kinds of courses that we could take…subjects you couldn’t even imagine, like a course focused on the fantastic animals described in pre -17th century Arabic travel literature. This is the stuff of nerd paradise.
I have decided to hop onto the feverish academic bandwagon and offer a few course titles myself, so without further ado, may I present to you
CASA Spring 2010: Course Suggestions
1. Inequality Manifest: Spoiled American Students and Their Experience in Egypt
2. Pant Usage in Post-Colonial Egypt and the Tailoring of a Transformation
3. Applied Poetics: Arabic Poetry’s Place(s) in Your Daily Life
4. Advanced Reality Grasping: Calling a Spade a Spade
5. The Effect of Unicornic rule on Imaginary Arabic Literature
6. Fountains on the AUC Tahrir Campus: Why?
7. American Arabic Students and the Contemporary Blog Post
8. Cairo: Fragrant and Musical, or Stinky and Noisy?
9. Hadith and Blogging: What the Prophet Said
10. Intermediate Time Machine Installation and Usage
11. Arabic Grammar Nerds: Their Function as a Social Phenomenon
12. CASA Students: the Relationship between an Unhappy Home Life and the Rate of Expatriation
13. Improvisation: Telling People Why You Study Arabic
14. Arabic: What Do the Squiggly Lines Mean?
15. 15th Century Egyptian Embalming Techniques: a Practicum
16. Advanced Media: Building Effective Emotional Barriers to Bad News
17. Your Parents and Medieval Islamic History: How to Make Them Care
18. The Healing Qualities and Mystical Powers of Advanced Arabic Rhetoric
19. Vowels: Accessory, Amenity, or Need?
20. Horseback Riding, Power Lifting, and Calligraphy
21. Pharoanic Hygienic Standards: a Practicum
22. The Futility of Love: Arabic Literature Expressing Hopelessness and Loss
23. Arabic Media: How to Fold Newspapers into Planes and Hats
I, along with the rest of CASA, look forward to an academically enriching semester and one that will no doubt be extremely useful in all our personal, professional, and facebook lives.