Students minoring in Middle East Studies must complete a minimum of 18-19 hours of course work. Normally, this includes ten hours 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 MES can be counted toward the minor.

All minors are required to complete the following:

ARA 202 Intermediate Arabic
HST 337 Age of Islamic Empire
     or HST 338 Modern Middle East
MES 201 Introduction to the Middle East
     or HNR series Islamic Middle East

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.

In addition to the above required courses, students will select three courses (9 credits) from the following list:

ANT 330 Ethnology of Selected World Areas (when focus is the Middle East)
ANT 350 Archaeology of the Middle East
ART 380 Art and the Worlds of Islam
ENG 303 Studies in World Literature (only when focus is exclusively on the Middle East)
GPY 355 Geography of Southwest Asia
HST 211 History of Islamic Civilization
HST 337 The Age of Islamic Empire
HST 338 The Modern Middle East
LIB 300 Jewish Scriptures and Traditions
MES 380 Special topics in Middle East Studies
MES 399 Independent study (No more than 3 credits)
PHI 240 Middle Eastern Philosophy
PLS 380 Middle East Politics

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 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.

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