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The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program (MEI) provides students with an opportunity to major or minor in a multidisciplinary concentration of courses incorporating the fields of Arabic, Islam, and Middle Eastern history, religion, and politics.  The program 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 practice, which are as central to the dynamics of history as they are to current political and economic affairs.  

If you are interested in this program, contact the Coordinator of the MEI Minor Awad Halabi.

 

Major in Liberal Studies with a MEI Concentration

Major in Liberal Studies 
with a Concentration in in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

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The Liberal Studies Major with a concentration in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies requires 36 credit hours to complete.  The courses for the MEI concentration are offered in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. This concentration consists of taking four Arabic language courses* (12 credits); “Introduction to Islam” (3 credits); at least one course from History (3 credits); at least one course from Political Science (3 credits); and four elective classes, though no more than two can be from the “Cross-listed and General Courses. (12 credits). Many of the MEI courses are upper-level classes.  Students are required to request a faculty member of the MEI program to direct their capstone project offered through the departments of History, Religion, Political Science, Modern Languages, and Sociology (3 credits).  The MEI curriculum also has classes that are either cross-listed with other programs, or can be taken to fulfil their program requirements (e.g. AAFS and WSG). 

In order to complete the requirements for a Major in Liberal Studies, visit the Liberal Studies website and contact Dr. Bruce LaForse, Director of the Liberal Studies Program.

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Description and Requirements MEI Concentration in Liberal Studies 

  • Required: ARA 1010/1020 and ARA 2010/2020* (12 credits)
  • Required: REL 3310 “Introduction to Islam” (3 credits)
  • Required: Two courses: one from History and one from Political Science (6 credits)
  • Electives: Choose 4 courses (12 credits) from eligible courses in the Departments of History, Modern Languages, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology & Anthropology, or from “Cross-Listed and General Courses.” No more than two can be from the “Cross-Listed and General Courses” list.
  • Capstone Project: The student chooses to conduct one of these independent study courses guided by a member of the MEI Studies faculty (3 credits)
    • ARA 3980 Independent Study
    • HST 4950 Independent Readings 
    • PLS 4900 (Independent Reading) 
    • PLS 4910 (Independent Research)
    • REL 4810 Independent Study 
    • SOC 4080 Independent Study 

Total: 36 Credit Hours

   * Native speakers of Arabic are required to take four ARA 3000- or 4000-level courses in lieu of ARA 1010/1020 and ARA 2010/2020 (12 credits)

 

Minor in MEI

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Requirements for the Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

  • Required: ARA 1010/1020 * (6 credits)
  • Required: REL 3310 “Introduction to Islam” (3 credits)
  • Required: Two courses: one from History and one from Political Science (6 credits)
  • Electives: Choose 2 courses (6 credits) from eligible courses in the Departments of History, Modern Languages, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology & Anthropology, or from “Cross-Listed and General Courses.”  

Total: 21 Credit Hours

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

 

Eligible Courses

Cross-listed and General Courses

  • ARA 3700 Internship
  • ML 3990 / AFS 3990 / WGS 3800 Arab World Cultures and Gender
  • ML 3990 / AFS 3990 / WGS 3800 Women’s Voices in Arabic Film
  • REL 2040 The Bible, the Qur’an, and Western Cultures
  • RST 2910 Regional Studies: Middle East
  • ML 3500 Summer Program to Arabic speaking countries
  • PLS 4750 Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • PLS 4940 Special Topics: Oman Summer Program

Dept. of Modern Languages

  • ARA 3110 Arabic Conversation I
  • ARA 3120 Levantine Arabic
  • ARA 3210 Advanced Arabic Syntax and Grammar I
  • ARA 3220 Advanced Arabic Syntax & Grammar II
  • ARA 4510 Introduction to Media Arabic
  • ARA 4310 Classical Arabic Texts
  • ARA 4410 Introduction to Arabic Fiction

Dept. of History

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

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 Introduction to Islam (applies to AAFS program)
  • REL 3320 / PLS 4600 Islam in the Modern World
  • REL 3300 Topics in Islam:
    • Islamic Law and the Qur’an (PLS 4930, and applicable to WGS program)
    • Islamic Tradition and Culture

Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology

  • SOC 4090 Sociology of Middle Eastern Society

Capstone Project

(must receive the approval of a MEI faculty member)

  • ARA 3980 Independent Study
  • HST 4950 Independent Readings
  • PLS 4900 (Independent Reading) and 4910 (Independent Research)
  • REL 4810 Independent Study
  • SOC 4080 Independent Study

Faculty

Awad Halabi, Ph.D.

Department:
History
Title:
Associate Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 364, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-2817

Liam Anderson, Ph.D.

Department:
Political Science
Title:
Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 339, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-3023

Azadeh Jahanbegloo, M.A.

Department:
Sociology & Anthropology
Title:
Senior Lecturer
Address:
Millett Hall 287, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-2930

Joshua Mabra, Ph.D.

Department:
Modern Languages
Title:
Assistant Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 224, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-2641

Amira Ben-Amer Orr, M.A.

Department:
Modern Languages
Title:
Instructor of Arabic
Address:
Millett Hall 228, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-2641

Vaughn Shannon, Ph.D.

Department:
Political Science
Title:
Associate Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 314, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-775-5767

 

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Lecture Series

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program Fund was established in 2016 to support public lectures and events at Wright State University that relate to the Middle East and Islam.  In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Lecture Series collaborated with other departments and programs at Wright State to host various scholars from across the country to address a diverse range of issues and topics. 

“Civil War in Syria & ISIS: Challenges for the Next President”

Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Shawnee State University 

“The Untold Story of the Arab Uprisings: Climate Stress”

Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, Denison University  

“Jewish-Muslim Relations During the Holocaust & Colonialism”

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Manhattan College  

“Gender Issues in Islamic Law”

Dr. Judith Tucker, Georgetown University 

Donations to the lecture series are always welcome. Give to the Middle East Program Fund.

Fall 2017 Classes

Course Title Days of Week Time
ARA 1010 Beginning Arabic TR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
ARA 1010 Beginning Arabic MWF 2:30 pm - 3:25 pm
ARA 2010-01 Intermediate Arabic MWF 11:15 am - 12:10 pm
ARA 3120 Levantine Arabic MWF 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm
ARA 3210 Advanced Arabic TR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
HST 4220 Russia and Islam TR 9:30 am - 10:50 am
ML 3990-04 Arab World Cultures & Gender W 4:40 pm - 7:20 pm
REL 3310 / AFS 3990 Intro. to Islam W 6:10 pm - 8:50 pm
RST 2910 The Middle East MWF 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm
RST 2910 The Middle East (Honors) TR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

More News and Upcoming Events

New minor focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies

Students 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