Middle Eastern Studies
The major in Middle Eastern Studies is a flexible program designed for students wishing to gain familiarity with the languages, cultures, and history as well as the social, religious, and political institutions of the countries of the Middle East. The knowledge can be applied to a wide range of fields, including law, foreign affairs, international business, secondary education, comparative literature, art history, and a variety of other disciplines. Each student plans an individual course of study with a department advisor. Students are admitted to the major only after their plan of study is approved. See the box on the next page for the requirements for the major in Middle Eastern Studies.
MAJOR IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES (36-44 CREDITS)
Course requirements for the major are listed below. Students must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in courses used toward the major.
1. FOREIGN LANGUAGE (6–14 CREDITS)
Both A and B must be satisfied:
A. Two semesters of college-level Arabic (at an appropriate level depending on proficiency).
B. Two semesters of Hebrew, Farsi, Turkish, or two more semesters of Arabic. An exemption for this half of the requirement will be given to students who satisfy the college language requirement in one of the four languages.
2. INTRODUCTORY COURSES (6 CREDITS)
MES 160 and MES 255; or one of these two courses and one of the following history courses: HIST 146. History of the Middle East, 18th Century HIST 147. The Modern Middle East, 1789–1923 HIST 148. Islamic Civilization 600–1517
HIST 149. Islamic Civilization 1517–Present
3. CORE COURSES (12 CREDITS)
Four of the following: HIST 204. The Ancient Near East and Egypt HIST 256. History of Modern Israel HIST 298. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Islam
MES 155. Sephardic Literature in Translation MES 240. Images of the Middle East MES 250. The Mystical Literature of Islam MES 260. Revival and Reform Movements in Islam PSCI 240. Contemporary Middle East
One more introductory course (listed above) not already taken
4. ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS)
Three additional courses chosen in consultation with an advisor within the department’s offerings in Arabic, Hebrew, or Middle Eastern Studies, or college-wide courses relevant to the Middle East.
5. SENIOR SEMINAR (3 CREDITS)
Either A or B must be satisfied:
A. Middle Eastern Studies 380. Research Seminar in Middle Eastern Studies
B. With permission of an advisor, a 300-level course or seminar on a Middle Eastern topic in another department (for example, HIST 339. Palestinian-Israeli Relations, 1967 to the Present)