Modern Middle Eastern Cultures
I took both the 20 and 102 series with Khanoom Hagigi. Simply put, this woman is amazing. She cares immensely about her students and we cared equally about her. By the end, we were all one big family. She will go out of her way to help you learn the material but she won't spoonfeed it to you either. Yes, the classes are easy but if you don't put in the amount of work required, more than anything you'll just disappoint her and trust me, you'll love this woman so much that that's the last thing you'll want to do. Native speakers, don't take the 1 series; it's a waste of your time. You'll get an A in the 20 series anyway. If you do take the 20 series, don't bother pretending like you don't know as much of the language as you do. Hagigi might as well be a linguist; she can tell if you're faking it and she WILL call your bluff eventually. Of course she would never do it in front of your peers because she has too much dignity and preserves yours as well. However, I heard several instances of her questioning individual's speaking backgrounds during their oral exams at the end of the year. Just be honest about how much you know and she will grade you fairly as long as you do the work. You'll never feel like she's slighted you when it comes to grades. If you don't do well on an exam it's because you didn't put any effort in and she'll definitely try to give you as many points as she can. The 102 series is a bit harder and you will have to put in more work but it's worth every minute and you will not regret it once it's over. There's far more translation and synonym work but knowing that you're learning about and reading the works of famous poets and authors that your parents read and can relate to is an amazing experience. Just take her class, it's well-worth it and Khanoom Hagigi is the epitome of fabulous.