Middle East Studies, Minor

The minor in Middle East studies is an interdisciplinary program, drawing on courses in international affairs; political science; history; philosophy and religion; economics; anthropology; and languages, literatures, and cultures. 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 programs and the 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

HIST 1185Introduction to Middle Eastern History4
or HIST 1290 Modern Middle East
POLS 3465Government and Politics in the Middle East4
or POLS 3470 Arab-Israeli Conflict
INTL 1160Middle East Studies4

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:

ARAB 1101Elementary Arabic 14
ARAB 1102Elementary Arabic 24
ARAB 1301Elementary Arabic Immersion 14
ARAB 1302Elementary Arabic Immersion 24
ARAB 2101Intermediate Arabic 14
ARAB 2102Intermediate Arabic 24
ARAB 2301Intermediate Arabic Immersion 14
ARAB 2302Intermediate Arabic Immersion 24
ARAB 3101Advanced Arabic 14
ARAB 3102Advanced Arabic 24
ARAB 3301Advanced Arabic Immersion 14
ARAB 3302Advanced Arabic Immersion 24
CLTR 1502Introduction to Arabic Culture4
ECON 1292Economic History of the Middle East4
HBRW 1101Elementary Hebrew 14
HBRW 1102Elementary Hebrew 24
HBRW 2101Intermediate Hebrew 14
HBRW 2102Intermediate Hebrew 24
HBRW 3101Advanced Hebrew 14
HBRW 3102Advanced Hebrew 24
HIST 1185Introduction to Middle Eastern History4
HIST 1290Modern Middle East4
HIST 4944Middle Eastern History and Culture Independent Field Research Abroad4
HIST 4945North African History Abroad4
INTL 2100Modern Israel4
INTL 2200America and the Middle East4
INTL 2400Politics of Islam and Gender4
INTL 3250Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean4
JWSS 2500Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood4
INTL 2360Human Rights in the Middle East4
POLS 3465Government and Politics in the Middle East4
POLS 3470Arab-Israeli Conflict4
POLS 4915Model Arab League4
PHIL 1270Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions4
PHIL 1280Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity4
PHIL 1285Jewish Religion and Culture4
PHIL 1287Modern Judaism4

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor