Middle East Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Middle East Studies

Today, more than ever before, Middle East politics has become intertwined with American politics and the lives of many Americans. The minor in Middle East studies is designed to equip undergraduates with a firm multidisciplinary grounding in the region, its history, and its international relations.

This minor is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the University Catalog.

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.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

In partial fulfillment of coursework for the minor, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in the Middle East.

Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

Two core courses (6 credits)

HIST 282 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization Credits: 3

GOVT 332 - Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa Credits: 3

Four elective courses (12 credits) chosen from:

One course in a relevant language may be used as an elective. Other courses including ANTH 399 or CONF 399, when topic is relevant to the Middle East, may be used as electives with the prior written approval of the director.

ARAB 325 - Major Arab Writers/Stories Credits: 3

ARAB 330 - Reading and Conversation I Credits: 3

ARAB 331 - Reading and Conversation II Credits: 3

ANTH 330 - Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western Credits: 3(if region studied is relevant to Middle East studies)

ARTH 319 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Credits: 3

ARTH 320 - Art of the Islamic World Credits: 3 CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3(if literatures studied are relevant to Middle East studies)

GGS 325 - Geography of North Africa and the Middle East Credits: 3

GOVT 328 - Non-Western Political Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 345 - Islam and Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 445 - Human Rights Credits: 3

HIST 281 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization Credits: 3

HIST 387 - Topics in Global History Credits: 3-6 (if region studied is relevant to Middle East studies)

HIST 460 - Modern Iran Credits: 3

HIST 461 - Arab-Israeli Conflict Credits: 3

HIST 462 - Women in Islamic Society Credits: 3

HIST 465 - The Middle East in the 20th Century Credits: 3

RELI 211 - Religions of the West Credits: 3

RELI 272 - Islam Credits: 3

RELI 374 - Islamic Thought Credits: 3

RELI 375 - Qur'an and Hadith Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

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