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Minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies

This multi-disciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to learn about the histories and cultures of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa from antiquity to the present day. With this minor, students will gain a greater understanding of an important region of the world that has played a key role in the development of literature, art, science, and technology. While enhancing their appreciation for cultural diversity and their awareness of globalization, students will also expand their knowledge of diasporic communities from this region.

Administered by: Department of History

Exclusions: Students may use a maximum of two (2) courses in any given discipline (indicated by the subject prefix of the course code) toward completion of the Minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies. This means that students will be limited to two (2) History courses (HIS and/or HST).

To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses in total from the following:

Minimum of one (1) to a maximum of two (2) of the following language courses:  

Minimum of one (1) to a maximum of two (2) of the following courses:

  • ACS 220 Ideas that Shape the World: Middle Ages
  • HIS 461 The Near East to 600 CE
  • HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
  • REL 215 Introduction to Judaism
  • REL 225 Introduction to Islam

Minimum of two (2) to a maximum of four (4) of the following courses:

  • ENG 623 Film/Literature: Middle East, North Africa
  • FRS 606 Franco Literature: Middle East, North Africa (taught in English)
  • GEO 522 Geography of the Middle East
  • GMS 695 Middle Eastern Business Environment
  • HIS 559* Ancient Egypt
  • HIS 560 History of Ancient Egypt
  • HIS 561 The Ottoman Empire
  • HIS 957 Senior Seminar V: Middle East
  • HST 506* The Ancient Egyptian World
  • HST 522 The Middle East: 1908 to the Present
  • HST 777 Medicine from Antiquity to 1500 CE
  • HST 786 Science and Technology in Islamic History
  • HST 788 Water Use in History
  • PHL 622 Classical Arabic Philosophy
  • PHL 639 Medieval Philosophy
  • SOC 885 Women, Islam and Modernity

*HIS 559 and HST 506 are antirequisites. Only one of them may be used to fulfil the minor requirements.

Please see  (PDF file) Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.