Middle East Studies, Minor

The minor in Middle East studies is an inter- and cross-disciplinary program, drawing on courses from within the International Affairs Program as well as departments and units across the college. The program provides an in-depth study of the Middle East and North Africa (Arab world, Israel, Iran, and Turkey); its place within the broader Mediterranean region; and its relations with other world regions. As such, it seeks to enhance students’ understanding of this culturally diverse and politically important region of the world. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s study-abroad and Dialogue of Civilizations programs (faculty-led summer programs) in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel and Palestine, and other approved programs in the region.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

POLS 3465Government and Politics in the Middle East4
or POLS 3470 Arab-Israeli Conflict
or INTL 3250 Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean
INTL 1160Middle East Studies4
or HIST 1290 Modern Middle East
INTL 1150The Mediterranean World: An Overview4

Elective Courses

Complete two of the following courses. Elective courses may include courses taken as part of an approved study-abroad program. Note: Courses used as required courses (above) may not be used as elective courses.

Elementary Arabic Immersion 1
Elementary Arabic Immersion 2
Intermediate Arabic Immersion 1
Intermediate Arabic Immersion 2
Advanced Arabic Immersion 1
Advanced Arabic Immersion 2
Introduction to Arabic Culture
Economic History of the Middle East
Elementary Hebrew Immersion 1
Elementary Hebrew Immersion 2
Intermediate Hebrew Immersion 1
Intermediate Hebrew Immersion 2
Advanced Hebrew Immersion 1
Advanced Hebrew Immersion 2
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Modern Middle East
Middle Eastern History and Culture Independent Field Research Abroad
North African History Abroad
Modern Israel
America and the Middle East
Politics of Islam and Gender
Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood
Human Rights in the Middle East
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Model Arab League
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Modern Judaism

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor