Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Requirements for the Middle East Studies Minor

Middle East Studies Minor Hours & GPA
While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the Minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Core Courses  
REL 350/AAAS 349 Islam 3
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
POLS 661 Politics of the Middle East 3
or HIST 328 The Modern Middle East
or ANTH 303 Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
Electives 12
These courses allow students to deepen their knowledge of the countries and issues in the region. Students must take at least one course from each emphasis—i.e. social science and humanities, as listed below--but can choose to take three courses from one emphasis and one from the other or take two from each.  
Regularly offered and upcoming elective options are:  
Social science emphasis: (minimum 3 credit hours)  
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East  
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies  
Nationalism(s) in Turkey  
Politics and Society in the Contemporary Persianate World  
Social Movements in the Middle East  
Iran, Turkey, and the Kurds  
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An Introduction  
Israel: From Idea to State  
Israel/Palestine: The War of 1948  
Government of Israel  
Polls and Public Opinion in Israel  
International Relations of the Middle-East  
Regimes in the Middle-East and North Africa  
Palestinians & Israelis: Advanced Topics in  
Politics of the Middle East  
Islam and Politics  
United States Foreign Policy  
Sociology of the Middle East  
Humanities emphasis: (minimum 3 credit hours)  
Arabic and Islamic Studies  
Women and Islam  
Islamic Literature  
Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities  
Unveiling the Veil  
Literature and Society in the Contemporary Middle East  
The Premodern Middle East  
The Modern Middle East  
Travelers' Tales of the Middle East  
From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East, 1900-Present  
The Middle East After World War II  
Jerusalem Through the Ages  
Religion of Ancient Israel  
Muslim Societies  
Islamic Law in the Digital Age  
Shari'a, Democracy, and Society  
Modern Islamic Reform Movements

Language Option: A student pursuing a Middle East Studies minor may also use one 300-level or above ARAB, PERS, TURK, or HEBR language course as an elective that counts toward three credit hours of “Humanities emphasis.”

Student Spotlight

Meet Zoya Khan, who graduated with the Middle East Studies minor  along with a double major in Global & International Studies and Political Science. Watch the video below and read more about Zoya here.

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