Middle East Studies, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 355-400)

Advisor: S. Fink (Philosophy and Religious Studies).

This minor examines issues in the Middle East from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and includes study of a Middle East language.

Twenty-four semester credits, including:
Required Courses
FLG 101Beginning Foreign Language I (must be in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, or Modern Hebrew)4
FLG 102Beginning Foreign Language II (must be in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, or Modern Hebrew)4
Elective Courses (16 credits)16
Students can take no more than three courses with a single prefix, and a minimum of nine credits at the 300 or 400 level.
The Background. Minimum two courses from the following:
Introduction to the Religions of the World
Origins of Current World Conflicts
Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations
Imperialism Since 1800
International Political Economy
The Middle East. Minimum three courses from the following:
Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
Politics of the Middle East
Islam and Politics
Arab-Israeli Conflict
History of Middle East Since Muhammad
The History of Middle Eastern Muslim Women
Sociology of the Middle East
Total Credits24

NOTE 1: ENGL 330 may be substituted for any course in The Middle East category if the topic is Middle Eastern.

NOTE 2: Students are encouraged to complete a study abroad program in a Middle Eastern country and will be able to transfer credits from that program into the minor.

NOTE 3: Students may substitute an independent study, special topics, or directed studies course with a focus on the Middle East for a course from either category with consent of the minor advisor.