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


Global and International Studies - Middle East Studies Minor

18 credit hours, 12 of which must be taken at the 300-level or above.

Core Courses (6 credit hours): These courses provide an overview of the culture, society and religion of the region.

     REL 350: Islam (3)

    Either POLS 661: Politics of the Middle East (3) or HIST 328: The Modern Middle East (3)

Electives (12 credit hours) 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)

    ANTH 303: Peoples & Cultures of North Africa & the Middle East

    ANTH 372: Religion, Power, & Sexuality in Arab Societies

    GIST 201: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    GIST 424: Nationalism(s) in Turkey

    GIST 530: Politics & Society in the Contemporary Persianate World

    GIST 624: Social Movements in the Middle East

    POLS 650: Palestinians and Israelis

    POLS 661: Politics of the Middle East

    POLS 663: Protest and Revolution

    POLS 667: Islam and Politics

    POLS 670: United States Foreign Policy

    SOC 532: Sociology of the Middle East


Humanities emphasis: (minimum 3 credit hours)

    AAAS 102: Arabic and Islamic Studies

    AAAS 415: Women and Islam

    AAAS 433: Islamic Literature

    AAAS 543: Language & Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities

    AAAS 545: Unveiling the Veil

    GIST 535: Literature & Society in the Contemporary Middle East

    HIST 327: The Premodern Middle East

    HIST 328: The Modern Middle East

    HIST 480: Traveler’s Tales of the Middle East

    HIST 481: From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East

    HIST 510: Popular Revolutions in the Middle East

    HIST 570: The Middle East after World War II

    REL 311: Hebrew Scriptures

    REL 355: Muslim Societies

    REL 447: Islamic Law in a Digital Age

    REL 551: Shari’a, Democracy and Society

    REL 557: Modern Islamic Reform Movements

Language Option: A student pursuing a Middle East Studies minor may also use one 300-level or above ARAB, FARS, 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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