Middle East and Islamic Studies

A Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies provides students with an opportunity to create a multidisciplinary concentration of courses incorporating the fields of Arabic, Islam, and Middle Eastern history, religion, and politics.  The minor is geographically focused on what today forms the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey in the period after the advent of Islam in the seventh century.  Students have the opportunity to acquire a depth of knowledge in a region and a faith rich in language, culture and religious consciousness, as central to the dynamics of history as it is to current political and economic affairs.  

If you are interested in the Minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies, contact the Coordinator of the MEI Minor Awad Halabi.

Descriptions and Requirements

suleymaniye interior_istanbul_ 1557.jpgThe requirements for the Minor consist of taking two Arabic language courses* (6 credits), “Introduction to Islam” (3 credits), at least one course from History (3 credits), at least one course from Political Science (3 credits), and two classes from the eligible courses listed below,** for a total of 21 credits.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in each class to receive credit for the minor.

  • Required: ARA 1010 and ARA 1020 Introduction to Arabic* (6 credits)
  • Required: REL 3340 Introduction to Islam (3 credits)
  • Required: one class from History and one from Political Science (6 credits)
  • Electives: Choose two courses (6 credits) from eligible courses in the Departments of History, Modern Languages**, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology & Anthropology***        

Total: 21 Credit Hours

* Native speakers of Arabic are required to take two ARA 3000- or 4000-level courses in lieu of ARA 1010 and 1020, 6 credits

**Native Speakers of Arabic can only enroll in classes from History, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology and Anthropology

*** Other courses, including independent studies, may meet advisor approval

Eligible Courses

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  • ML Women Voices in Arabic Film
  • RST 2910 Regional Studies: Middle East
  • ML 3990 Arab World Cultures
  • REL 2040 The Bible, the Qur’an, and Western Culture
  • ML 3500 Jordan Summer Program
  • PLS 4940 Special Topics: Oman Summer Program

Dept. of Modern Languages:

  • **ARA 2010 Intermediate Arabic I
  • **ARA 2020 Intermediate Arabic II

Dept. of History:

  • HST 3450 Survey of Middle Eastern History:
  • The Ottoman Empire, 1200-1800
  • The Arab Peoples, 1800-2000
  • HST 4450 Topics in Middle East History:
  •  Middle East History through Literature and Film
  • The Middle East in the Age of Modern Reforms, 1800-WWI
  • The Middle East Under Colonial Rule, 1832-1962
  • The Middle East from WWI to WWII
  • The Middle East from WWII to the Present

Dept. of Political Science:

  • PLS 4540 Politics of the Middle East
  • PLS 4550 Politics of Iraq
  • PLS 4640 Politics of Israel/Palestine

Dept. of Religion:

  • REL 3310 Topics in Islam:
  • Islamic Law and the Qur’an
  • Islamic Tradition and Culture
  • Islam in the Modern World

Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology:

  • SOC 4090 Sociology of Middle Eastern Society 

* Native speakers of Arabic are required to take two ARA 3000- or 4000-level courses in lieu of ARA 1010 and 1020, 6 credits

**Native Speakers of Arabic can only enroll in classes from History, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology and Anthropology

*** Other courses, including independent studies, may meet advisor approval

Future Course Offerings

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Fall 2016:

  • REL 3300 Intro to Islam (Wed 4:40-7:20)
  • RST 2910 The Middle East (MWF 11:15-12:10)
  • Arabic 1010 (TR 2-3:30)
  • Arabic 2010 (TR 12:30-1:50)
  • Arabic 3110 (MWF 2:30-3:25)
  • Arabic 3210 (MWF 12:10-1:15)
  • ML 3980 (MW 4:40-6)
  • ML 3990-01 (MWF 11:15-12:10)
  • ML 3990-02 (TR 2-3)

Spring 2017:

  • ARA 1010, 1020, 2020
  • ML "Women Voices in Arabic Film"
  • PLS 4540 "Politics of the Middle East"
  • REL 3330 "Islamic Law and the Qur'an"

Summer 2017:

  • RST 2910 / PLS 4940 "Oman Summer Program

Faculty

New minor focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies

awad-halabi-15850_011-375x250.jpgStudents interested in learning more about the Middle East and Islam can now do so for college credit with a new minor.  The minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies gives students a broad and strong foundation in the history, language, religion, sociology and politics of the Middle East. Classes cover a period beginning in the seventh century, after the rise of Islam, to present day. Read more