Previous Concentration in Middle Eastern Studies

Concentrators must complete courses from eleven "lines" of a menu system, where each line includes one or more courses. Once a course is counted under a line, it cannot be counted elsewhere. Thirty-three credit hours in these courses are required for the concentration.

Students are advised to register for cross-listed courses in such a way as to avoid having more than half of the major courses in any one department. The language requirement (Lines 5 and 6) is met by completing two semesters of Arabic beyond the 202 level.

Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4. History, Religion, and Politics (required)
  • GOVT 339: Middle Eastern Political Systems
  • HIST 171: The Modern Middle East I (1516-1798)
  • HIST 172: The Modern Middle East II (1798-present)
  • REL 212: Introduction to Islam
Lines 5 and 6. Arabic language (choose two)
  • ARAB 301: Advanced Arabic I: Introduction to Arabic Literature and Society
  • ARAB 302: Advanced Arabic II: Arabic Literature and Society
  • ARAB 303: Media Arabic (ARAB 302 or consent of instructor)
  • ARAB 304: Introduction to Arabic Dialects (ARAB 201)
  • ARAB 305: Directed Readings in Arabic
  • ARAB 306: Directed Readings in Arabic
  • ARAB 411: Independent Study in Arabic
Lines 7, 8, and 9. Literature, History and Culture (choose three)
  • ANTH 150: Freshman Seminar Traditional Middle Eastern Societies
  • ANTH 350: Special Topics in Anthropology (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • ARAB 150: Freshman Seminar Introduction to Arab World Through Film 
  • ARAB 303: Media Arabic (ARAB 302 or consent of instructor)
  • ARAB 304: Introduction to Arabic Dialects (ARAB 201)
  • ARAB 307 Arab Civilization in Transition: Self, Culture and Society in the Modern Period Arabic
  • ARAB 308 Bridging Heritage and Modernity: Modern Forms and Classical Themes in Arabic Literary Writings
  • ARAB 309: Survey of Arabic Literature in Translation
  • ARAB 310: Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • ARAB 311: Special Topics in Arabic
  • ARAB 411: Independent Study in Arabic
  • MUS 372: Music Cultures of the Middle East
  • HIST 490C: Topics in History (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • HIST 491C: Topics in History (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • INTL 390 : Topics in Interntional Studies (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • INTL 480 : Independent Study in Intern. Studies (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • RELG 308: Topics in Religion (Islamic topics only)
  • RELG 317: Women in Islam
  • RELG 318: Islam in the Modern World
Lines 10 and 11. Electives (choose two)
  • ANTH 150: Freshman Seminar (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • ANTH 319: Archaeology of the Near East
  • ANTH 350: Special Topics in Anthropology (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • ARAB 150: Freshman Seminar
  • ARAB 290: Topics in Arabic Dialects
  • ARAB 309: Survey of Arabic Literature in Translation
  • ARAB 310: Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • ARAB 311: Special Topics in Arabic
  • ARAB 411: Independent Study
  • ARTH 460: Seminar Topics in Art History: Orientalism and Visual Culture
  • GOVT 312: Politics of Developing Countries
  • GOVT 341: Persian Gulf Politics
  • GOVT 391: Topics in Government (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • GOVT 491: Seminar in Government (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • HIST 490C: Topics in History (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • HIST 491C: Topics in History (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • GBST 390: Topics in Global Studies (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • GBST 480: Independent Study in Global Studies (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • GBST 495/496: Senior Honors in Global Studies (Middle Eastern topics only)
  • GBST 498: Internship
  • MUS 372: Music Cultures of the Middle East
  • RELG 211: Introduction to the History of Jewish Thought 
  • RELG 308: Topics in Religion (Islamic topics only)
  • RELG 317: Women in Islam: Tradition and Change
  • RELG 318: Islam in the Modern World
  • Classical Studies 490  Special Topics in Classical Civilization (if Near East/Middle East focus)