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International Affairs Minor

The minor in International Affairs is an interdisciplinary program that exposes students to a variety of different perspectives on the field, while providing the flexibility to select the courses in the disciplines that interest them most. The minor provides an international lens to students’ primary degree, preparing them for an increasingly globalized world and workplace. Students interested in the minor may also be interested in joining campus groups such as the Global Journal, International Relations Club, the International Business Club, and Model United Nations.

The minor has one required courseGlobalization and International Affairs, which fulfills the Understanding Societies and Institutions requirement in NUPath. From there, students complete the minor with two regional analysis courses and two global dynamics courses.

It is recommended that students select two regional analysis electives from the same region, but it is not required.  For example, students interested in Asia could take both Global Chinese Migration and Modern Chinese History and Culture to satisfy their regional analysis elective course requirement.

To provide a comparative perspective of global issues, students are required to complement their regional specializations by taking two global dynamics courses. Students can choose from a wide range of global options in various disciplines, such as anthropology, economics, and politics. Examples of these courses include Global Population and DevelopmentGlobal Human RightsInternational Conflict and Negotiation, and Women and World Politics.

Depending on the courses selected, students may also fulfill the Interpreting Culture, Engaging Difference and Diversity, Employing Ethical Reasoning, Writing Intensive, Interpreting Culture, and Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience requirements in NUPath through their Regional Analysis and Global Dynamics courses.

For a full list of courses for the International Affairs Minor, please see the catalog here:

Minor in International Affairs


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Middle East Studies

Faculty

The International Affairs Program includes a number of specialists on the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean region – tenured faculty as well as full time and part-time: Professors Dov Waxman,Valentine Moghadam, Denis Sullivan, Tony Jones, Berna Turam, and Peter Fraunholtz. Faculty are also longstanding members in the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), and several faculty constituted the 2016 MESA Program Committee, chaired by Professor Moghadam and including Professors Sullivan, Jones and Turam. These faculty also teach an array of courses on the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Professor Waxman is the Director of the Middle East Studies Program.

The Middle East Studies Minor

The minor in Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program, drawing on courses in international affairs; political science; history; philosophy; religion; economics; anthropology; and languages, literatures, and cultures. The program provides an in-depth study of the Middle East, North African, and Mediterranean region, and aims to enhance students’ understanding of this culturally diverse and politically important region of the world.

Students are required to complete three required courses: either Introduction to Middle Eastern History or Modern Middle EastGovernment and Politics in the Middle East or Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Middle East Studies.

Students are also required to complete two elective courses such as an Arabic or Hebrew language course, Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean, America and the Middle East or courses from a Middle East or Mediterranean Dialogue, such as the Morocco-Paris Dialogue.

For a full list of courses for the Middle East Studies Minor, please see the catalog.

Minor in Middle East Studies

Current students can utilize their degree audit (available through myNEU) to track their requirements and progress in the curriculum.

Course Descriptions and Schedules

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