School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Director: J. Beinin
Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Its policy is set by an advisory committee to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, consisting of representatives of the departments of: Arabic Studies, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology, and the Arabic Language Institute. Middle East Studies courses are taught by faculty members from Anthropology, Arabic Studies, Economics, History, Management, Political Science, and Sociology. Through intensive study of the region’s history, culture, and current issues, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern Middle East. See faculty listings under departmental descriptions.
Bachelor of Arts
A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies:
Core Curriculum (34 - 46 credits)
Non-Arabic speaking students must take six hours of colloquial or literary Arabic.
Concentration Requirements (45 credits)
Apart from the Core requirements, students must take two courses from the 200 and 300-level courses in each of the following six field fields: Anthropology, Arab Studies, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology. In addition, the student must take a total of three, 400-level courses selected from the above fields. The rest of the courses beyond the Core and Middle East Studies major must be advanced level courses, unless they are part of the requirements of a Minor.
In the case of ARIC and HIST courses, if the student takes one of the courses listed below as part of the Core requirements, the student must take another course from the Core courses listed under these fields.
200 and 300-level course requirements (36 credits)
Choose one of the following
- ARIC 343 - Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Classic Age, 600-945 A.D. Credits: (3 cr.)
400-level course requirements (9 credits)
In addition to the above courses, students are required to take three 400-level courses from the following list:
Electives (29 -41 credits)
Depending on the number of credit hours needed to complete the 120 stated above.