Middle East Studies

Middle East studies students gain a comprehensive understanding of the history, religion, culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Equipped with this deep and nuanced knowledge, you’ll be able to see beyond today’s headlines to comprehend the multifaceted issues shaping world affairs.

A Middle East studies minor or emphasis prepares you for academic and professional careers in politics, economics and the humanities that focus on the Middle East and its connections to and interactions with the global community.

 

Why Study the Middle East?

You’ll be challenged by diverse courses in political science, religion, history, English, sociology and anthropology. Sample topics covered in the minor and emphasis include:

  • Foundations of Islam and Islamic civilizations
  • Arab social and political activism
  • Roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • History of Syria and Iraq
  • American wars in the Persian Gulf
  • Iranian-American relations
  • Middle East immigration
  • Literature and culture of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Arab feminisms

Students must complete 18 hours, including:

  • Two required courses: HIST 10803 — Introduction to Islamic Civilization or RELI 30543 — Introduction to Islam and HIST 10813 — Introduction to Modern Middle East History or POSC 35503 — The Politics and the Culture of the Middle East and North Africa
  • 12 hours of courses that carry the MES attribute
  • No more than two courses from a single discipline – must be from at least three different departments
  • No double counting with major or other minors

See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions

Course Catalog

Students must complete 15 hours, including:

  • Two required courses: HIST 10803 — Introduction to Islamic Civilization or RELI 30543 — Introduction to Islam and HIST 10813 — Introduction to Modern Middle East History or POSC 35503 — The Politics and the Culture of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Nine hours of additional MES attribute courses
  • May be concentrated in a single discipline
  • Courses may count for major/minor requirements and the emphasis

See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions

Course Catalog