Middle Eastern Studies Courses

Explore topics in Middle Eastern studies

The following course list includes all options for this minor. The typical offerings listed for each course are estimates and subject to change. Work with your advisor when scheduling your classes each semester.

  • ANT 335 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

    Prerequisite: ANT 100 or ANT 226.

    A survey presentation of key themes and problems to be found in the Middle East, ranging from the re-establishment of Israel to modernity and tradition in the greater Arab Near East. In addition, topics ranging from the individual to state formation will be discussed. Traditional society, customs, and historical patterns will be examined.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ARB 101 Elementary Arabic I

    Develop proficiency in the four communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. These skills are essential for effective communication in the target language. Credit by examination is available.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ARB 102 Elementary Arabic II

    Prerequisite: C or better in ARB 101.

    Develop additional proficiency in the four communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. These skills are essential for effective communication in the target language. Credit by examination is available.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I

    Prerequisite: C or better in ARB 102.

    Systematic review, expansion, and synthesis of the four skill areas. This course will enhance communication skills by providing a thorough review of fundamentals of grammar through real-life language use, reading, and composition. Credit by examination is available.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II

    Prerequisite: C or better in ARB 201.

    Continued development of the four skill areas through conversation, composition, and reading as a means to access culture. Credit by examination is available.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ART 382 Survey of Islamic Art

    Prerequisite: ART 271, ART 273 or ART 274.

    A survey of the art produced in the lands under the influence of the Islamic religion.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • GRY 305 Selected World Regions

    An in-depth study of selected regions of the world. Examples: Tropical Areas, Arid Regions, Polar Regions, Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. Surveys geology, landforms, soil, vegetation, climate, settlement, population, economic activities and the cultural landscape. The course will be devoted to a single region that can vary from semester to semester. Students should check the current registration schedule to determine the topic title for any given semester. Since topics vary, the course may be repeated with permission. Variable content course.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HBW 101 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

    The essentials of grammar and vocabulary building of Ancient Hebrew through reading and writing.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HBW 102 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II

    Prerequisite: C or better in HBW 101.

    Continuation of HBW 101.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HBW 201 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I

    Prerequisite: C or better in HBW 102.

    Continuation of HBW 102, with increased emphasis on reading.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HBW 202 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II

    Prerequisite: C or better in HBW 201.

    Introduction to Ancient Hebrew Literature; analysis of its subject, forms and ideals.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 370 History of the Middle East from 600-1914

    A survey of political, social, and economic trends in the Middle East since the rise of Islam to 1914. Topics include the rise and spread of Islam, the age of the imperial caliphate, and the rise and fall of Islamic regional empires.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 371 History of the Middle East Since 1914

    A survey of political, social, and economic trends in the Middle East since 1914. Topics include the Middle East and Western military, economic, and ideological encroachment after World War I, regional conflicts, revolutions, politics and religion, and the emergence of the modern nation-states of the Middle East.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 543 History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    Prerequisite: 50 hours.

    The Arab-Israeli conflict in its historical and contemporary terms. The course covers three periods: The first period examines the roots of Arab and Jewish historical/biblical claims to Palestine before 1939. The second period from 1939 to 1982 analyzes the causes and effects of the Arab-Israeli wars. The third period from 1982 to 1991 covers the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Palestinian uprising (Intifada), and the peace process. May be taught concurrently with HST 643. Cannot receive credit for both HST 643 and HST 543.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LLT 197 Topics in Language and Literature

    Topics of general interest in foreign languages and related areas. Variable content course taught in English which may be repeated as topics change. Refer to current schedule of classes for topic and registration information.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PLS 544 Government and Politics of the Middle East

    Prerequisite: PLS 101.

    Recommended Prerequisite: 50 hours. Political systems, processes and problems of the Middle East, considered both regionally and in the perspective of separate nation-states, from the beginning of the modern period about 1800 to the present. May be taught concurrently with PLS 644. Cannot receive credit for both PLS 644 and PLS 544.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • PLS 546 Political Violence and Terrorism

    Prerequisite: PLS 101.

    Recommended Prerequisite: 50 hours. The systematic study of political violence in its different forms. The course content is structured along a continuum, ranging from small scale violence to mass violence-assassinations, terrorism by sub-national and transnational organizations, state terror and genocide. May be taught concurrently with PLS 646. Cannot receive credit for both PLS 646 and PLS 546.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • REL 330 Judaism

    A survey of the history and religion of the Jewish peoples, including the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and modern Jewish movements.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • REL 350 Islam

    Origin, expansion, and continuity of Islam, including pre-Islamic influences, Muhammad, Qur'an and Tradition (hadith), sects, ritual and law, community and worldview, prayer and mysticism.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • REL 397 Religious Studies Topics

    Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours in Religious Studies. Selected topics of general interest in Religious Studies. Examples: Introduction to Archaeology and the Bible, Women in the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, the Holocaust, C. S. Lewis, Food and American Religion. May be repeated, as topics change, to a maximum of 9 hours. Variable content course.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • SOC 397 Special Topics

    Selected topics of contemporary interest in Sociology. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours when the topic changes. Variable content course.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings