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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

Department of Anthropology

ANTH 30323: Comparative Studies in Transnational Migration
ANTH 30973: Multicultural France: Citizenship, Identity, and Nationalism

Department of English

ENGL 20933: Non-Western World Literature
ENGL 20213: Global Women’s Writing
ENGL 30833: Literature of the Middle East & North Africa

Department of History

HIS 10803: Introduction to Islamic Civilization
HIS 10813: Introduction to Modern Middle East History
HIS 30703: Modern Egypt
HIS 30713: Revolutionary Iran: A Modern History
HIS 30723: Women in the Middle East
HIST 30970: Topical Studies in History- Arab & Muslim Americans

Department of Political Science

POSC 33033: Energy & Global Geostrategy
POSC 33703: Mideast Conflicts
POSC 35033: Islam & Politics
POSC 35043: Politics of Developing Nations
POSC 35503: The Politics of the Middle East & North Africa

Department of Religion

RELI 20503 & 20513: Africa & the African Diaspora: History, Religion and Culture
RELI 30543: Islam
RELI 30873: Islam in America
RELI 10023: Understanding Religion
RELI 30863: Religion and Violence
RELI 10043: Society & Culture: World Religion Through the Arts
RELI 10033: Understanding Religious Texts and Ideas: The Quran

Department of Sociology

SOCI 30223: Contemporary Topics in Sociology: Race & Racism
SOCI 30863: Gender Politics: International Perspectives

John V. Roach Honors College

HCOL 40043: Nature of Society

Department of Modern Language Studies

FREN 40143: Gender and Sexuality in French Prose and Poetry

School of Dance

DANC 10331: International Dance Forms- Egyptian Dance

Please note that the course list will vary by semester. Some courses not listed here may be applied to the minor with the approval of the program coordinator.

For further information, please contact Professor Hanan Hammad.