Minor in Middle Eastern Studies

Program Contact: Nita Prasad   203-582-3729

The minor in Middle Eastern studies facilitates the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East, offering insights into the language, history, culture, politics and religions of this ethnically diverse geographical region. The program recognizes the interconnectedness of the peoples of the Middle East, and emphasizes the interactions between the Middle East and the wider global community, in both the past and present. Courses included in the minor encompass the Arab World, Turkey, Israel, Iran and North Africa. While current political and military conflicts are covered, no single topic, academic discipline or political ideology dominates the programming; students are able to engage with a number of approaches and disciplines, ranging from ancient Middle Eastern religions to contemporary political economies of Middle Eastern countries.

Middle Eastern Studies Minor Curriculum

Select six of the following courses (18 credits) after consultation with the program director:18
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Introduction to Modern Hebrew
Introduction to Elementary Modern Hebrew II
The Holocaust (MSS 307)
The Middle East, 1300-1919; Critical Issues
Living Religions of the World
Middle Eastern History and Politics
Total Credits18

Special topics courses relevant to the minor are offered on a rotating basis to supplement the courses listed above. Examples include Introduction to Judaism or The Anthropology of Morocco: Gender and Indigeneity.