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Minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies

This multi-disciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to learn about the histories and cultures of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa from antiquity to the present day. With this minor, students will gain a greater understanding of an important region of the world that has played a key role in the development of literature, art, science, and technology. While enhancing their appreciation for cultural diversity and their awareness of globalization, students will also expand their knowledge of diasporic communities from this region.

Administered by: Department of History

Exclusions: Students may use a maximum of two (2) courses in any given discipline (indicated by the subject prefix of the course code) toward completion of the Minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies. This means that students will be limited to two (2) History courses (HIS and/or HST).

To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses in total from the following:

Minimum of one (1) to a maximum of two (2) of the following language courses:  

ARB 101 Introductory Arabic I
ARB 201 Introductory Arabic II
ARB 301 Intermediate Arabic I
ARB 401 Intermediate Arabic II
ARB 402 Arabic Conversation and Pronunciation
ARB 501 Advanced Arabic I
ARB 601 Advanced Arabic II

Minimum of one (1) to a maximum of two (2) of the following courses:

ACS 220 Ideas that Shape the World: Middle Ages
HIS 461 The Near East to 600 CE
HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
REL 215 Introduction to Judaism
REL 225 Introduction to Islam

Minimum of two (2) to a maximum of four (4) of the following courses:

ENG 623 Film/Literature: Middle East, North Africa
FRS 606 Franco Literature: Middle East, North Africa (taught in English)
GEO 522 Geography of the Middle East
GMS 695 Middle Eastern Business Environment
HIS 559* Ancient Egypt
HIS 561 The Ottoman Empire
HIS 957 Senior Seminar V: Middle East
HST 506* The Ancient Egyptian World
HST 522 The Middle East: 1908 to the Present
HST 777 Medicine from Antiquity to 1500 CE
HST 786 Science and Technology in Islamic History
HST 788 Water Use in History
PHL 622 Classical Arabic Philosophy
PHL 639 Medieval Philosophy
SOC 885 Women and Islam

*HIS 559 and HST 506 are antirequisites. Only one of them may be used to fulfil the minor requirements.

Please see PDF fileSenate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.