Undergraduate students can choose from a diverse set of courses related to the Middle East from many departments and programs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Courses included from the majors of International Affairs, Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy and Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, and World Languages.
Students are also required to select 4 Middle East regional analysis elective courses, two of which must be 2000 level or above.
To provide students with a comparative perspective of global issues, students are required to complement their regional specializations by taking 2 global dynamics courses, one of which must be POLS 1160: International Relations.
The minor consists of five courses. Students are required to complete the following three core courses:
- INTL 1150: Mediterranean Studies
- INTL 1160: Middle East Studies OR HIST 1290: Modern Middle East
- POLS 3435: Government and Politics in the Middle East OR POLS 3470: Arab-Israeli Conflict OR INTL 3250: Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Students must also complete two electives, such as America and the Middle East, Model Arab League, or Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean if it was not selected as a core course. Students may also fulfill the elective requirement through courses from the Middle East or Mediterranean Dialogue, such as the Morocco-Paris Dialogue. Elective courses may not double count as core courses.
The B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Middle East studies begins with a core set of 7 courses. This multidisciplinary set of courses includes coursework from international affairs, political science, anthropology, economics, and history.
International Affairs Majors must also complete an “International Semester” to gain international experience through either a traditional study abroad semester, two Dialogue of Civilizations summer programs, or an international co-op. At least one of these international experiences must be in a Middle Eastern country.
Students must also complete a foreign language requirement beyond the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. Students will be required to demonstrate language proficiency through intermediate level II (four semesters of a foreign language) in either Arabic or Hebrew.
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