Middle East Studies Concentration

Assistant Professor Snow, Coordinator

Students from any major interested in developing a specialization in Middle East studies may earn a concentration by successfully completing (with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0), either in an approved program in the Middle East or on campus, at least six academic units from the list below. Up to three credits may be transfers from an approved international study abroad program (either as a substitute for required courses or as electives, depending on the course(s)), languages taken on or off campus (Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Turkish, Kurdish, or others approved by the coordinator) may count for up to three credits, and an IL May Term course to the region may count as one credit (either as a substitute for a required course or as a methodology/related content credit, depending on the subject).

Independent studies, internships, special topics courses, and honors projects may be counted in substitution for a required course or as an elective, with the permission and approval of the coordinator.

Required Courses

Students must take at least four of the following:

ARTH 220 Ancient Egyptian Art & Arch
ARTH 222 The Archaeology of Death in the Ancient Near East
ARTH 224 The Encyclopedic Museum and Archaeological Ethics
HIST 284 Modern Middle East
POLI/I.R. 223 Comparative Politics: Middle East
POLI/I.R. 234 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
RELG 103 - The Jewish Tradition
RELG 204 - Islam 10

Students may take up to three units of language relevant to the region as required courses with permission of the coordinator.

Methodology and Related Content Elective Courses

Students may use any combination of the below as their additional courses, as necessary, to get up to the six credit requirement, but note that only one of these courses can be at the 100 level.

ANTH 101 Intro Cultural Anthropology (Global)
ARTH 150 Art, Culture, & Society (Global)
ARTH 218 Introduction to Archeology
HIST 110 Ancient World
HIST 120 Medieval World
HIST 130 Early Modern World History
HIST 140 The Modern World
POLI 111 Issues in Global Politics
POLI/I.R. 231 International Politics
POLI/I.R. 232 International Organizations
POLI/I.R. 233 International Law
POLI/I.R. 352 Human Rights Policy
RELG 130 Living Religions (Global)
RELG 201 Israelite Patriarchs, Prophets, Princes and Priests
RELG 295 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion

In addition, students may substitute units in related fields (History, Political Science, Art History, Business, etc.) as appropriate with permission of the coordinator.