Middle Eastern Studies Courses

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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.

  • ARB 101 Elementary Arabic I

    This course is the first part of the introductory sequence in Arabic. Students acquire Novice Mid-level proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes and begin to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Arabic-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330FallLANG 105 - Foreign Language I.
  • ARB 102 Elementary Arabic II

    Prerequisite: C or better in ARB 101.

    This course is the second part of the introductory sequence in Arabic. Students reinforce Novice Mid-level proficiency and acquire Novice High-level competence in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes while continuing to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Arabic-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330SpringLANG 106 - Foreign Language II.
  • ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I

    Prerequisite: C or better in ARB 102.

    This course is the first part of the intermediate sequence in Arabic. Students reinforce Novice High-Level proficiency and acquire Intermediate Low-level competence in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes while continuing to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Arabic-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II

    Prerequisite: C or better in ARB 201.

    This course is the second part of the intermediate sequence in Arabic. Students reinforce Intermediate Low-Level proficiency and acquire Intermediate Mid-level competence in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes while continuing to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Arabic-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HBW 101 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

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

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HBW 102 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II

    Prerequisite: C or better in HBW 101.

    Continuation of HBW 101.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HBW 201 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I

    Prerequisite: C or better in HBW 102.

    Continuation of HBW 102, with increased emphasis on reading.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HST 370 Religions, Cultures, and Empires of the Middle East and North Africa, 570 CE to 1798 CE

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 103 and/or HST 104. This course introduces students to the history of the Middle East and North Africa from the rise of Islam in the seventh century to the beginnings of European economic, military, and political penetration of the region in the late eighteenth century. The course pays special attention to the development of the Islamic tradition, rise and fall of various regional empires, and the social, cultural, and political transformations that took place over the course of this extended historical era.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HST 371 History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 1750 CE to 1991 CE

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 104. This course provides students with an overview of the broad social, economic, and political trends that have shaped the Middle East and North Africa from the end of the eighteenth century to the contemporary era. This course pays particular attention to the growing influence of Europe (and later the United States) on the Middle Eastern societies as well as the efforts engaged in by Middle Eastern governments and political organizations to adapt to a rapidly changing global order.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand