Middle East Studies Minor

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Requirements for a Minor in Middle East Studies

Students minoring in Middle East studies must complete a minimum of 18–19 hours of coursework. Normally, this includes ten credits of core courses (including four credits of language) and nine credits of electives. Students entering the university competent in Arabic at the 202 level or higher will take one additional elective course, for a total of 18 credits. No more than two courses from any department other than Middle East studies can be counted toward the minor.

All minors are required to complete the following courses:

In addition to the above required courses

Students with fourth-semester or higher competence in Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish may substitute that for the Arabic requirement but will likewise take one extra course from the list below.

Students will select three courses (nine credits) from the following list:

Middle East Studies Program Description

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Courses of Instruction

MES 201 - Introduction to the Middle East. An entry-level course, introducing students to the variety and complexity of the Middle East. The course provides a broad view of the region from the perspective of several disciplines and is especially suitable for students having little familiarity with the region.  Fulfills  Foundation - Historical Perspectives and Fulfills Cultures - World Perspectives. Three credits. Offered fall, winter and spring semesters.

MES 202 - Arab Americans.  Introduces students to the Arab American community in the United States, and its historical experiences and to other salient social and political issues.  Topics include such issues as immigration, race and ethnicity, gender, political behavior, economic development, education, media coverage, and civil rights.

MES 380 - Can be repeated for credit when the topic differs. Variable credit. Special Topics in Middle East Studies. Consideration of selected topics not ordinarily dealt with in the regular curriculum. Topics will be determined by faculty interest and student request and announced in class schedule

MES 399 - Independent Studies. Before registering, students must arrange for supervision by a Middle East Studies faculty member and submit a contract (available from the MES coordinator) specifying the topic and scope of the study. Instructor approval required prior to registration. One to three credits. Offered every semester.

PLS 320 - Comparative Politics of the Middle East.  This course presents a survey of current Middle East comparative politics.  Students will be introduced to the most salient political issues in the Middle East.  It will focus on examining the region's political institutions, actors, regime types, gender politics, political economy, civil society organizations, and political processes.


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