L&S-IRIS-MidEStu

The purpose of the Middle East Studies Program is to combine training in a discipline or profession with insight and knowledge about the culture, languages, and problems of the area. The program adopts the basic philosophy that it is necessary to develop a new practical approach to the study of the Middle East by first acquiring sound training in a discipline or profession and then by applying the methods and concepts of that discipline and profession, as well as skills of inquiry and research, to specific problems in the Middle East. Economic planning, law reform and institution building, urbanization, demography, housing, nutrition, agriculture, land problems, the organization and development of educational systems, and technical and vocational training at all levels are some of the fields covered by the program. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has extensive and unique resources in these fields, and it offers a broad range of courses on the languages, history, culture, and literature of the region.

Students interested in declaring the undergraduate certificate should contact the Middle East Studies Program office or the undergraduate advisor, Csanád Siklós, 262-5006; siklos@wisc.edu.

The Middle East Studies Program offers an undergraduate certificate in Middle East studies. Requirements for the certificate include the interdisciplinary core course Introduction to the Middle East, which should be taken as early as possible in the sequence of courses for the certificate. The certificate requires 18 credits total.

Certificate Requirements

Core Course (select one):
Introduction to the Middle East
Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia
Additional Courses
Select a second semester of a selected Middle Eastern language
Select one course in history and social science (3 credits)
Select one course in religion and culture (3 credits)
Select additional courses in history and social science; religion and culture; or other electives (including up to 3 credits of advanced Middle Eastern language) to reach the 18 credit minimum for the Certificate.

Middle Eastern language courses

HEBR-MOD 102 Second Semester Hebrew4
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  301 Introduction to Hebrew Literature3
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  302 Introduction to Hebrew Literature3
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  401 Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I3
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  402 Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture II3
AFRICAN/​LCA LANG  445 Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts3
AFRICAN/​LCA LANG  446 Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts3
LCA LANG 539 Fifth Semester Turkish and Azeri3
LCA LANG 540 Sixth Semester Turkish and Azeri3
LCA LANG 563 Fifth Semester Persian3
LCA LANG 564 Sixth Semester Persian3
LCA LANG 631 Advanced Readings in Turkic Languages3
LCA LANG 644 Readings in Otoman Turkish and Chagatay3

HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE Courses
 

ART HIST 305 History of Islamic Art and Architecture3
ART HIST/​LCA  379 Cities of Asia3
AFRICAN/​LCA LANG  445 Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts3
AFRICAN/​LCA LANG  446 Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts3
HISTORY 139 The Middle East in the 20th Century3-4
HISTORY/​LCA/​RELIG ST  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
HISTORY/​JEWISH  220 Introduction to Modern Jewish History4
HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL/​RELIG ST  309 The Crusades: Christianity and Islam3-4
HISTORY/​JEWISH  373 Modern Political History of the Jews: 1655-19194
HISTORY/​JEWISH  374 Modern Political History of the Jews: Era of Mass Movements, 1870-19704
HISTORY/​RELIG ST  379 Islam in Iran3
HISTORY/​RELIG ST  439 Islamic History From the Origin of Islam to the Ottoman Empire3-4
HISTORY 500 Reading Seminar in History3
HISTORY 540 Balkans and Middle East, 1700-1918: The Rise of National States3-4
INTL ST 320 Contemporary Issues in International Studies (When topic is Middle East-related)1-4
INTL ST 401 Topics in Global Security3-4
POLI SCI 333 International Politics of the Middle East3-4
POLI SCI 401 Selected Topics in Political Science3-4
POLI SCI 529 Arab-Israeli Conflict3-4
POLI SCI/​RELIG ST  618 Political Islam3-4
POLI SCI/​JEWISH  665 Israeli Politics and Society3-4

RELIGION AND CULTURE Courses
 

AFRICAN/​LCA/​RELIG ST  370 Islam: Religion and Culture3-4
ART HIST 201 History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals4
ART HIST 413 Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs3
ART HIST/​LCA  428 Visual Cultures of South Asia3
ART HIST 440 Art and Power in the Arab World3
ART HIST 500 Proseminar: Special Topics in Art History3
CLASSICS/​ART HIST  304 The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome3-4
CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​RELIG ST  346 Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period3
CLASSICS 370 Classical Mythology3
CLASSICS/​JEWISH  451 Biblical Archaeology3
CLASSICS/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  517 Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean3
COMP LIT 500 The Comparative In and Beyond Comparative Literature3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  103 Introduction to Music Cultures of the World2
HEBR-BIB 103 Elementary Biblical Hebrew, I4
HEBR-BIB 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew, II4
HEBR-BIB 303 Elementary Biblical Hebrew, I3
HEBR-BIB 304 Elementary Biblical Hebrew, II3
HEBR-BIB 323 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, I4
HEBR-BIB 324 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, II4
HEBR-BIB/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​LITTRANS/​RELIG ST  332 Prophets of the Bible4
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  301 Introduction to Hebrew Literature3
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  302 Introduction to Hebrew Literature3
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  401 Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I3
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  402 Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture II3
INTL ST 310 International Learning Community Seminar (When topic is Middle East-related)1-3
JEWISH/​LITTRANS  318 Modern Jewish Literature3-4
JEWISH 343 Israeli Fiction in Translation3-4
JEWISH/​CLASSICS/​RELIG ST  346 Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period3
JEWISH 356 Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire3
JEWISH/​LITTRANS  367 Israeli Fiction in Translation3-4
LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
LCA/​RELIG ST  206 Introduction to the Qur'an4
LCA/​FOLKLORE  279 Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature3
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  357 Literatures of Muslim Societies3
LCA/​RELIG ST  444 Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)3
LITTRANS/​RELIG ST  257 Literatures of Muslim Societies in Translation3
LITTRANS/​JEWISH  318 Modern Jewish Literature3-4
RELIG ST 101 Religion in Global Perspective3
RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​LCA  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
RELIG ST/​LCA  206 Introduction to the Qur'an4
RELIG ST/​HISTORY  230 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Braided Histories3

ADDITIONAL COURSES (ELECTIVES)
3 credits of advanced language may be used toward the requirement.
 

AFRICAN/​LCA LANG  445 Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts 13
AFRICAN/​LCA LANG  446 Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts 13
AFRICAN 669 Special Topics3
ANTHRO 322 The Origins of Civilization3
ANTHRO/​RELIG ST  343 Anthropology of Religion3-4
ANTHRO/​LCA/​LINGUIS  430 Language and Culture3-4
CLASSICS 376 Love Poetry of the Ancient Mediterranean3
CLASSICS/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  517 Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean3
CLASSICS 602 The Ancient Mediterranean City3
FRENCH 211 French Interdisciplinary Studies3
HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  313 Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization3-4
HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  314 Problems in Byzantine History and Civilization3-4
HISTORY 332 Islam Reform and Revolution in Central Asia3-4
HISTORY/​GEN&WS/​LCA  472 Women in Turkish Society3
HISTORY/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST/​MEDIEVAL/​S&A PHM  562 Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy3
JEWISH/​CLASSICS/​LITTRANS/​RELIG ST  227 Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)4
JEWISH/​SOC  258 The Jews, States, and Citizenship: A Sociological Perspective3
JEWISH/​PHILOS/​RELIG ST  435 Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century3
LCA 100 Introduction to Cultures of Asia3
LCA/​FOLKLORE  279 Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature3
LCA 314 Literatures of Central Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST/​SOC  614 Social Structures of Muslim Societies3
LCA 579 Fiction and Ethnography in Turkey3
LCA 610 Proseminar: Introduction to Turkic Linguistics3
LCA 640 Proseminar in Central Asian History3
LCA LANG 539 Fifth Semester Turkish and Azeri 13
LCA LANG 540 Sixth Semester Turkish and Azeri 13
LCA LANG 563 Fifth Semester Persian 13
LCA LANG 564 Sixth Semester Persian 13
LCA LANG 631 Advanced Readings in Turkic Languages 13
LCA LANG 644 Readings in Otoman Turkish and Chagatay 13
LITTRANS 214 Literatures of Central Asia in Translation3
POLI SCI 333 International Politics of the Middle East3-4
RELIG ST 400 Topics in Religious Studies - Humanities3-4
RELIG ST 401 Topics in Religious Studies - Social Studies3-4
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  301 Introduction to Hebrew Literature 13
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  302 Introduction to Hebrew Literature 13
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  401 Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I 13
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  402 Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture II 13
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Course counts as Advanced Language.

Residence and quality of work

9 credits, counting toward the certificate, taken in residence

A cumulative 2.000 GPA for all courses counting toward the certificate

1.  Historical and Cultural Grounding: understanding the historical, political, and cultural forces and conditions that have given rise to the unity and diversity in the region today.

2.  Multi-disciplinarity: analyzing contemporary political, economic, and cultural realities in the region from at least two disciplinary perspectives, ideally including humanities, social sciences and sometimes natural science approaches.  

3. Depth of knowledge: mastering at the undergraduate generalist level a particular facet of life in the region by taking courses on a particular sub-region or country, or by studying a regional language, or by taking at least two courses on the region in one discipline

Advising for the Certificate is run by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). The IRIS Assistant Director for Students and Curriculum can assist you in developing your plan of study for the Certificate, track progress towards your Certificate, explore study abroad and international internship options, and begin the career exploration process.  We offer walk-in advising, advising workshops, and scheduled appointments. We strongly encourage students to begin career exploration early on and to make use of the many resources available on campus.

Resources:

Middle East Studies Program Steering Committee: El Nossery, Layoun, Pruitt, Quraishi-Landes, Schamiloglu, Shelef.