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 Middle East Studies

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Acting Director: Abdel Aziz Ezz ElArab

Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Its policy is set by an advisory committee to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, consisting of representatives of the departments of: Arabic Studies, Economics, Political Science,  Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology, and the Arabic Language Institute.  Middle East Studies courses are taught by faculty members from Anthropology, Arabic Studies, Economics, History, Management, Political Science, and Sociology. Through intensive study of the region's history, culture, and current issues, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern Middle East.

See faculty listings under departmental descriptions.

Bachelor of Arts

A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies:

Core Curriculum (40 credits)

Non-Arabic speaking students must take six hours of colloquial or literary Arabic.

Concentration Requirements (54 credits)

ANTH

312

Ethnography of the Middle East & North Africa

ARBS

207

Survey of Classical Arabic Literature

   

OR

 

337

Classical Arabic Literature in Translation

 

208

Survey of Modern Arabic Literature

   

OR

 

338

Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

ARBS/POLS

353

Muslim Political Thought

ARBS/HIST/MEHT

343

Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Classical Age,  600-945 A.D.

 

344

Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Middle Period, 945-1380 A.D.

 

345

Islamic Civilization, 1380-1800 A.D.

 

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

HIST/MEHT

356

History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century

ARBS/HIST/MEHT

454

Modern Movements in Islam

ECON

239

Economic History of the Modern Middle East

POLS

308

Comparative Politics of the Middle East

 

Six additional courses in one of the following fields, selected in consultation with a designated MEST faculty adviser: anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology. NOTE: at least two courses in this group must be at the 400 level, preferably seminars. The list of eligible courses is available from the Arabic Studies Department.

Collateral Requirements (24 credits)

ANTH

202

Cultural Anthropology

ECON

201-202

Introduction to Economics I and II

HIST

204

The Rise of Modern Civilization

HIST

205

Contemporary World Civilization

   

OR

HIST/POLS

206

Global Politics in the Twentieth Century

POLS

201

Introduction to Political Science

   

and either

POLS

322

Comparative Government and Politics:
Developed Systems

   

OR

POLS

323

Comparative Government and Politics:
Developing Systems

   

OR

POLS

324

Comparative Government and Politics in Contemporary Eastern Europe and Russia

SOC

201

Introduction to Sociology

 

Electives (5 credits).

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