Minor in Middle Eastern Studies


This program introduces students to the study of political systems in the Middle East, highlighting the Arab states of the region, but also focusing on Cyprus, Iran, Israel and Turkey. Along with general required Political Science courses, students will take specialized courses on the dialogue of civilizations, human rights – with an emphasis on the Middle East and NGOs in the region – and comparative public administration. The Government and Politics series of courses – including the non-Arab countries of the region – will be tailored around the needs of students interested in working in the MENA region within an international and cross-cultural context. This program will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to work with international and regional governmental organizations, international corporations, research and advocacy based NGOs and regional and international media outlets. It will also help them bridge the gap between the economies and political systems of Europe and the Middle East and take advantage of the expanding trade relationships within the greater Mediterranean market.

The Minor in Middle Easter Studies would be of particular benefit to students in the following majors and fields of study:

  • Arabic Literature, Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and Diplomacy, Business Administration, Energy Economics, International Business Management, Education, Communication Arts, Advertising and Marketing, Graphic Design
  • Sociology, Religion and Philosophy

Core Minor Requirements (9 credits)
POS 353 Governments of the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 405 Religion and Politics in the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 424 Political Economy of the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.

Minor Electives (9 credits) out of a pool of the following courses:
POS 212 Political History of the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
NGO 204 Civil Society in the MENA Region (3.0); 3 cr.
NGO 306 NGOs and Development (3.0); 3 cr.
COA 355 Mass Media in Lebanon and the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
ARB 336 Literature of Modern Arabic Renaissance (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 303 Government and Politics of Cyprus, Turkey and Iran (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 304 Government and Politics of Israel (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 305 Government and Politics in North Africa (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 306 Government and Politics of Egypt, Syria and Iraq (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 307 Government and Politics in the Arab Gulf (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 308 Human Rights in the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
ENR 401 Petroleum in the World Economy (3.0); 3 cr.
ECN 439 Economics of Developing Countries (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 403 Arab-Israeli Conflict (3.0); 3 cr.
REG 412 History of Religious Thought in the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 425 Business Law in the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
POS 406 Cultural Pluralism in the Middle East (3.0); 3 cr.
IAF 453 Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (3.0); 3 cr.
ARB 415 The Arabic Modernization Movement (3.0); 3 cr.