L&S-IRIS-MidEStu

The Middle East studies certificate introduces undergraduate students to a multidisciplinary course of study that provides them with an informed overview of the history, civilizations, religions, politics, geographies, and economic factors that shape the cultural landscape of this dynamic and often volatile region.

The certificate provides in-depth training in a special area that may be particularly useful as students pursue careers in a variety of fields. These can include academia, law, public history, education, business, and even medicine, where they will practice their profession abroad or use their international experience to expand their understandings of these regions as they work with topics on or populations from diverse societies in the Middle East.

Students interested in declaring the undergraduate certificate should contact the IRIS Assistant Director for Students and Curriculum.

Certificate Requirements

18 credits are required, as follows:

Core course

The Middle East in the 20th Century
Introduction to the Middle East

Middle Eastern language course

One course required from:

Second Semester Persian
Elementary Summer Immersion Persian
Second Semester Hebrew
Second Semester Arabic
Elementary Summer Immersion Arabic
Second Semester Summer Arabic
Elementary Summer Immersion Turkish
Second Semester Turkish

HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE Courses

One course required from:

The Origins of Civilization
Language and Culture
Globalizing Education
International Migration, Health, and Human Rights
World Regions in Global Context
Women's International Human Rights
Women's Global Health and Human Rights
The Ancient Mediterranean
Culture & Society in the Ancient Mediterranean
The World of Late Antiquity (200-900 C.E.)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-1500
Introduction to Modern Jewish History
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Braided Histories
An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan
The Crusades: Christianity and Islam
Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization
Modern Political History of the Jews: Era of Mass Movements, 1870-1970
Islam in Iran
Islamic History From the Origin of Islam to the Ottoman Empire
Reading Seminar in History
Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy
Honors Seminar: Studies in Science, Technology, Medicine
Topics in Global Security
Introduction to Modern Jewish History
Elementary Topics in Jewish History
Elementary Topics in Jewish Studies: Social Sciences
Governments and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Islam and World Politics
Terrorism
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Israeli Politics and Society

RELIGION AND CULTURE Courses

One course required from:

Introduction to Arabic Literary Culture
Islam: Religion and Culture
Advanced Readings in Arabic Texts
History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals
A History of the World in 20 Buildings
History of Islamic Art and Architecture
Icons, Religion, and Empire: Early Christian and Byzantine Art, ca. 200-1453
Great Cities of Islam
Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs
Art and Power in the Arab World
The Qur'an: Religious Scripture & Literature
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
The Egyptians: History, Society, and Literature
Ancient Epic
Prophets of the Bible
King David in History and Tradition
Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period
Classical Mythology
Biblical Archaeology
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-1500
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
Elementary Biblical Hebrew, I
Elementary Biblical Hebrew, II
Elementary Biblical Hebrew, I
Elementary Biblical Hebrew, II
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, I
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, II
Prophets of the Bible
Introduction to Hebrew Literature
Introduction to Hebrew Literature
Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I
Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture II
Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)
Elementary Topics in Jewish Literature
Elementary Topics in Jewish History
Elementary Topics in Jewish Philosophy and the Arts
Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
Food in Rabbinic Judaism
Modern Jewish Literature
Israeli Fiction in Translation
Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period
Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
Israeli Fiction in Translation
Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I
Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture II
Intermediate Topics in Jewish Literature
Intermediate Topics in Jewish History
Intermediate Topics in Jewish Philosophy and the Arts
Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century
Readings in Contemporary Hebrew Literature
Readings in Contemporary Hebrew Literature
Literatures of Muslim Societies in Translation
Modern Jewish Literature
Classical Rabbinic Literature in Translation
Israeli Fiction in Translation
Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century
Religion in Global Perspective
Exploring Religion and Sexuality
The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-1500
The Qur'an: Religious Scripture & Literature
Introduction to Judaism
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Braided Histories
King David in History and Tradition
Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period
Islam, Science & Technology, and the Environment
Islam: Religion and Culture
Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century
Islamic History From the Origin of Islam to the Ottoman Empire
Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)
Classical Rabbinic Texts
Islam: Religion and Culture
Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)
Cities of Asia

electives

Additional course work from the categories above, or the following may be used to meet reach the minimum 18 credits required. 1

Colloquial Arabic
Colloquial Arabic
Fifth Semester Arabic
Sixth Semester Arabic
Fifth Semester Summer Arabic
Sixth Semester Summer Arabic
Advanced Readings in Arabic Texts
Fifth Semester, A Language of Northern Africa
Sixth Semester, A Language of Northern Africa
Advanced Summer Immersion Arabic
Anthropology of Religion
Language and Culture
Fifth Semester Persian
Sixth Semester Persian
Advanced Summer Immersion Persian
Love Poetry of the Ancient Mediterranean
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
Advanced Summer Immersion Turkish
Fifth Semester Turkish and Azeri
Sixth Semester Turkish and Azeri
Introduction to Hebrew Literature
Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization
Introduction to Hebrew Literature
Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I
Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture II
Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy
Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)
Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century

Residence and quality of work

  • A minimum of 9 Certificate credits must be in residence
  • Minimum 2.000 GPA in all Certificate courses

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete 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 toward 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:

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Students should set up their profiles in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage their campus interviews, and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.

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

As a regional center within the Institute for Regional and International Studies, we support and enhance international and global awareness in our student communities and inspire informed thinking about the complexities of our world. We encourage our students to connect to international networks and our regional communities through our program’s lecture series, film screenings, and varied outreach events and activities. We encourage our students to study abroad, do international internships, and learn foreign languages, and we expect them to gain an interdisciplinary grounding in global and regional affairs. We provide resources and expertise on our world area to students, and prospective students, and more broadly to K–12 teachers and students, postsecondary educators and graduate students, businesses, the media, the military, the community at large, and anyone else who is interested.

Information about funding through the Middle East Studies Program is available on our website. We also encourage our students to explore funding options available through the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) Awards Office.