Middle East and North African Studies Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete a 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.
The Middle East and North African Studies Minor (“MENA”)
The minor in Middle East and North African (“MENA”) Studies is an interdivisional program examining the history, politics, religion, culture, and economics of the region. Through this minor, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the MENA region and the contexts through which we understand it. One of these courses must be at or above the 300 level, and students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in the minor. Students petitioning to include classes not listed below must provide a course syllabus. The minor requires a minimum of 24 semester credit hours, and no more than 12 credits of foreign language study may be included in the 24-credit minimum.
Because this minor is interdivisional, students may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.
When appropriate, other courses – for example, courses taken during study abroad – may be substituted for any of the requirements. All substitutions of alternatives for required courses must be approved by the minor coordinator, and students are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential course substitutions prior to enrolling in the course.
Requirements (24 Credits):
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have prerequisites.
Introductory Survey (4 Credits):
Take one of the following:
Language Requirement (12 Credits):
Students must demonstrate proficiency in Arabic equivalent to three semesters of college-level study as demonstrated by the successful completion of at least one Arabic language course numbered 215 or above. With the approval of the minor coordinator, transfer credit or demonstrated proficiency in a regional language (e.g., Hebrew, Kurdish, Turkic languages, Persianate languages) may be used to satisfy this requirement. If a student completes fewer than 12 credits of language they should select additional electives from the list below to bring the total number of credits presented for the minor to 24.
Take additional courses from among those listed below to bring the total credits for the minor to at least 24.
- ARAB 250 – Modern Arabic Novel in Translation
- ART 212 – Art of Ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean
- ENGL 415 – Topics in Literature of the Middle Ages *
- FRNCH 330 – “The Empire Writes Back” *
- HIST 123 – A History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1918
- HIST 124 – A History of the Modern Middle East, 1839-present
- HIST 280 – Bodies, Bloodletting, and Bile: Healers, Health, and Medicine from Antiquity through the Early Modern Period
- HIST 358 – Migrants & Refugees in the 20th Century *
- HIST 360 – Middle East Nationalisms *
- POLSC 330 – Megacities *
- POLSC 354 – War and Peace in the Middle East *
- POLSC 355 – The Arab-Israeli Conflict *
- POLSC 459 – Civil Wars *
- POLSC 587 – Seminar: Comparative Politics – National *
- RELST 115 – Religion in the Ancient Near East
- RELST 120 – The Faith of Ancient Israel
- RELST 140 – Islam: Faith, History, and Culture
- RELST 144 – Modern Islamic Movements
- RELST 147 – Judaism
- RELST 171 – Islam and Other Religions
- RELST 188 – Encountering the Other: Judaism’s Relations with Christianity and Islam
- RELST 215 – Marriage and Sexuality in Islam
- RELST 222 – The Qur’an
- RELST 226 – Religion, Education, and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
- SOCAN 200 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- POLSC 232 – Government and Politics of the Middle East