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2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Middle East Studies Minor

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The Middle East Studies (MES) minor provides students with the skills necessary to understand the complex issues of the Middle East, and prepares them for careers in which a deep understanding of the region is essential. The Middle East Studies minor is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the region’s culture, history, religion, politics, and society, and is complimented with the introductory study of any of its four major languages (namely, Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Turkish).

Given the Middle East’s historic geostrategic position as a crossroads for states and empires, networks of trade and intellectual discourse, we define it beyond traditional geographic parameters, which tend to focus on the Arab world, North Africa, Iran and Turkey. The concentration approaches the study of the Middle East of the 21st century as a global phenomenon, one that has generated diasporic communities throughout the world as well as transnational Islamic and other religion-based movements. The Middle East is integral to the making of global socio-economic networks, political discourses and the histories of colonialism and empire. As an interdisciplinary program, Middle East Studies integrates diverse methodological approaches drawn from a variety of disciplines.

The minor will be housed in the History Department (CLA), however, given its interdisciplinary nature, the minor will draw from a variety of departments in the humanities and social sciences, including History, Fine Arts (Art History), Religion, Political Science, Global Studies, Economics and Modern Languages and Literature.

The Middle East Studies minor is therefore particularly well suited for students preparing for graduate work or professional careers in the government, business and finance, or with international and non-governmental organizations.

Minor Requirements

Minors in Middle East Studies devise their own programs of study in consultation with their advisor. Students can choose as advisor an appropriate CLA faculty affiliated with Middle Eastern Studies.

A minor in Middle Eastern Studies consists of six courses, which emphasize a cross-section of knowledge in the Middle East. Courses must be taken in at least two departments; only one course at the 1000 level [from any given department] can be counted towards the minor.

  • One (1) course in a major religious tradition (i.e., Christianity, Islam, Judaism)
  • One (1) course on the modern history of the Middle East
  • Two (2) intermediate (3000-level) courses in ME history, society, politics, art, religion or literature (to be approved by student’s MES minor advisor)
  • A minimum of one year, or two (2) courses, in one of the modern languages of the region (namely Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, or Turkish).

These requirements can be fulfilled at Hamline, ACTC or other national or international programs (subject to prior approval by student’s MES minor advisor).


Affiliated Programs and Faculty

Art History:
Professor Aida Audeh

Global Studies:
Professor Leila DeVriese

Professor John Mazis
Professor Nurith Zmora

Languages and Literature:
Professor Mira Reinberg

Political Science:
Professor Binnur Ozkececi-Taner

Professor Mark Berkson
Professor Earl Schwartz

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