Middle East and North African Studies is an interdisciplinary minor examining the history, politics, religion, culture, and economics of the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”). Through this minor, students gain an in-depth understanding of the region and the contexts through which we understand it. In order to provide students a comprehensive view of the region, the required course work is distributed between religious, linguistic, cultural, and social scientific approaches.

Students who minor in Middle East and North African studies will be able to:

  • Recognize the historical, cultural, social, and political traditions that influence the Middle East and North Africa
  • Understand how to counteract reductionist and ethnocentric estimations of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Locate, critically analyze, interpret, and discuss cultural and religious texts and political and social forces
  • Express and apply concepts and knowledge to engage in informed conversations about important issues related to the region
  • Apply skills, knowledge, and nuanced perspectives that are necessary for effective global citizens actively engaging in an increasingly interconnected world