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The Middle Eastern Studies minor offers students an interdisciplinary and historically grounded understanding of the societies, polities, economies, and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. It can be fruitfully combined with a wide range of disciplinary majors to prepare students for work or graduate study, with the ability to think critically and constructively about the region’s internal dynamics and relationship(s) to other regional and global communities. Courses counted toward the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 6 courses
The minor consists of three core courses and three electives. No more than three courses from one division may be counted toward the minor. Students may choose to take the fourth core course as one of their electives, and may count one of the available regional language courses (Arabic, Hebrew, or French) at or above the equivalent of the fourth semester. Courses taken abroad on non-HWS programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other relevant courses offered less frequently may be counted toward the minor in consultation with the minor adviser.
POL 258 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POL 285 International Politics of the Middle East
REL 219 Introduction to the Islamic Religious Tradition
REL 274 Zionism, Israel and the Middle East Conflict
ARTH 249 Islamic Art and Architecture
ASN 202 Ottoman World: Islam and the West
ECON 233 Comparative Economics
ENG 209 Contemporary Israeli Literature
FRNE 219 Beyond Colonialism: North African Cinema & Literature
JORD 400 Modernization and Social Change in Jordan
JORD 402 Independent Field Study in Jordan (division dependent on focus)
POL 289 Political Economy of Development in Egypt
POL 312 Political Reform in the Middle East
POL 401 Yemen: Politics on/of the Periphery
POL 486 Islamic Political Thought
REL 236 Gender and Islam
REL 242 Islamic Mysticism
REL 248 Islamic Ethics and Politics
REL 280 Negotiating Islam
REL 335 Jihad
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World
REL 370 Jewish Messianism
One independent study course may also be counted toward the minor with permission of the minor adviser.