Middle East Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies

The MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies introduces students to the major methodological and theoretical issues and debates in the study of the Islamic tradition and of Middle Eastern societies. The program situates the study of the Middle East and Islam within a globalized world. The curriculum covers topics of recent scholarly significance including political Islam, the political economy of business-government networks, the relationship between "resource wars" and the "war on terrorism," new diasporas and transnational Muslim communities in the “West,” and the changed geopolitical environments of Muslim and Middle Eastern countries. The degree prepares students for a variety of post-graduate opportunities in academia, government, and an expanding job market for people with this expertise.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Core Courses

MEIS 500 Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies 3
HIST 575 Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History 3
RELI 644 Islamic Texts and Contexts 3
Select one methods course from the following: 3
Methods in Anthropology
The Study and Writing of History
Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry
GOVT 500
The Scientific Method and Research Design
Approaches to the Study of Religion
GOVT 632 Politics and Societies of the Middle East 3
Total Credits 15

Language Proficiency

Prior to graduating, students must demonstrate professional competency in one of five major languages of the Middle East and Muslim world: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, or Urdu.

A waiver for this requirement may be received either through 1) documentation verifying primary language of instruction at either the high school or university level in respective foreign language; transcripts showing coursework at the advanced level in respective foreign language or 2) an examination with an appropriate faculty/examiner designated by the director in consultation with the program's steering committee.

Electives

In addition to the following list, electives may include special topics courses when relevant, directed readings and research, study abroad courses, internships, and other courses with the approval of the program director. Students who choose to complete a research project or write a thesis take 3 or 6 fewer elective credits. 

Select five electives from the following: 15
Regional Ethnography (when topic is Middle East and North Africa)
Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts (when topic is Middle Eastern or Islamic art)
Topics in Art History (when topic is Middle East or Islamic art)
CONF 653
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution
CONF 722
Conflict and Religion
Seminar in Global Culture (when topic is Middle East or Muslim world)
Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture
Special Topics (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
Special Topics (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
GGS 533
Issues in Regional Geography (when topic is Middle East)
GOVT 731
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (when topic is the Middle East or a Muslim world region)
GOVT 733
Islam and Politics
Problems in Middle Eastern History
Graduate Internship in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Directed Readings in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Special Topics in Religious Studies (when topic is Islam or Muslim communities)
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought
Islam and Human Rights
Islamic Biomedical Ethics
Total Credits 15

Optional Research Project or Thesis

Research Project

Students choosing to complete a research project take one of the following courses, and one less elective.

Select one from the following: 3
GOVT 798
Political Science Research Project
Directed Research and Writing in History
Independent Study
Master's Research Project
Research Project in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Total Credits 3

Thesis

Students who choose to write a thesis should be aware of the policies governing theses as stated in AP.6.9.3 Master's Thesis. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in MEIS 799 Thesis Research and Writing in Middle East and Islamic Studies, maintain continuous enrollment.

Students choosing to complete a thesis take 6 fewer credits of electives.

Six credits of 6
Thesis Research and Writing in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Total Credits 6
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