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

INTL ST 266 Introduction to the Middle East3

Middle Eastern language course

One course required from:

ASIALANG 138 Second Semester Persian4
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 322 Second Semester Arabic5
AFRICAN 323 Third Semester Arabic4
AFRICAN 324 Fourth Semester Arabic4
AFRICAN 445 Advanced Readings in Arabic Texts3

HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE Courses

One course required from:

ANTHRO 322 The Origins of Civilization3
ANTHRO/​LINGUIS  430 Language and Culture3-4
CURRIC 375 Proseminar1-3
HISTORY/​CLASSICS  110 The Ancient Mediterranean4
HISTORY 111 Culture & Society in the Ancient Mediterranean3-4
HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL/​RELIG ST  112 The World of Late Antiquity (200-900 C.E.)4
HISTORY 139 The Middle East in the 20th Century3-4
HISTORY 201 The Historian's Craft (Topic: Technology and Revolution in the Middle East)3-4
HISTORY/​RELIG ST  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
HISTORY/​JEWISH  220 Introduction to Modern Jewish History4
HISTORY/​GNS  265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan3
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/​ASIAN  463 Topics in South Asian History (Topic: Empires of the East: Eurasia, Indian Ocean)3
HISTORY 500 Reading Seminar in History3
HISTORY/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST/​MEDIEVAL/​S&A PHM  562 Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy3
HISTORY 600 Advanced Seminar in History (Topic: Byzantine Empresses and their Men)3
HISTORY 600 Advanced Seminar in History (Topic: Crusader States) When section topic is Middle East-related3
INTL ST 320 Contemporary Issues in International Studies (When topic is Middle East-related)1-4
INTL ST 401 Topics in Global Security3-4
JEWISH/​HISTORY  220 Introduction to Modern Jewish History4
JEWISH 233 Elementary Topics in Jewish Studies: Social Sciences3-4
POLI SCI 347 Terrorism3
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

One course required from:

AFRICAN 231 Introduction to Arabic Literary Culture3
AFRICAN 300 African Literature in Translation (Topic: Arab Publics)3
AFRICAN/​ASIAN/​RELIG ST  370 Islam: Religion and Culture3-4
AFRICAN 445 Advanced Readings in Arabic Texts3
AFRICAN 605 Advanced Topics in African Cultural Studies (African Screen Media) Papers should focus on North Africa3
ART HIST 201 History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals4
ART HIST 210 A History of the World in 20 Buildings3
ART HIST 305 History of Islamic Art and Architecture3
ART HIST 310 Icons, Religion, and Empire: Early Christian and Byzantine Art, ca. 200-14533
ART HIST/​RELIG ST  373 Great Cities of Islam3
ART HIST 413 Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs3
ART HIST/​ASIAN  428 Visual Cultures of India3
ART HIST 440 Art and Power in the Arab World3
ART HIST 500 Proseminar: Special Topics in Art History (Topic: Mecca to Dubai: Architecture of the Arabian Gulf)3
ART HIST 515 Proseminar in Medieval Art (Topic: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Islamic Art)3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  206 The Qur'an: Religious Scripture & Literature3
ASIAN 300 Topics in Asian Studies3
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
COM ARTS 310 Topics in Rhetoric and Communication Science (Topic: Discourse of Dictators, Demagogues & Extremists)3
COMP LIT 500 The Comparative In and Beyond Comparative Literature3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  103 Introduction to Music Cultures of the World3
GEN&WS/​ENGL  350 Special Topics in Gender & Literature (Topic: Gender, Migration, Muslim Women Writers)3
HISTORY/​RELIG ST  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
HISTORY/​CLASSICS/​RELIG ST  517 Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean3
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 230 Elementary Topics in Jewish Literature3-4
JEWISH 231 Elementary Topics in Jewish History3-4
JEWISH 232 Elementary Topics in Jewish Philosophy and the Arts3-4
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
LITTRANS/​RELIG ST  257 Literatures of Muslim Societies in Translation3
LITTRANS/​JEWISH  318 Modern Jewish Literature3-4
LITTRANS/​JEWISH/​RELIG ST  328 Classical Rabbinic Literature in Translation3-4
LITTRANS/​JEWISH  367 Israeli Fiction in Translation3-4
PHILOS/​JEWISH/​RELIG ST  435 Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century3
RELIG ST 101 Religion in Global Perspective3
RELIG ST/​HISTORY  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
RELIG ST/​ASIAN  206 The Qur'an: Religious Scripture & Literature3
RELIG ST/​JEWISH  211 Introduction to Judaism4
RELIG ST/​HISTORY  230 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Braided Histories3
RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH  335 King David in History and Tradition3
RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH  346 Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period3
RELIG ST/​ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI  356 Islam, Science & Technology, and the Environment3-4
RELIG ST/​AFRICAN/​ASIAN  370 Islam: Religion and Culture3-4
RELIG ST/​JEWISH/​PHILOS  435 Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century3
RELIG ST/​HISTORY  439 Islamic History From the Origin of Islam to the Ottoman Empire3-4
RELIG ST/​ASIAN  444 Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)3
RELIG ST/​JEWISH  448 Classical Rabbinic Texts3
ASIAN/​AFRICAN/​RELIG ST  370 Islam: Religion and Culture3-4
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  444 Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  379 Cities of Asia3

electives

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

AFRICAN 329 Fifth Semester Arabic3
AFRICAN 330 Sixth Semester Arabic3
AFRICAN 445 Advanced Readings in Arabic Texts 13
AFRICAN 495 Fifth Semester, A Language of Northern Africa3
AFRICAN 496 Sixth Semester, A Language of Northern Africa3
AFRICAN 527 Advanced Summer Immersion Arabic8
AFRICAN 669 Special Topics3
ANTHRO 322 The Origins of Civilization3
ANTHRO/​RELIG ST  343 Anthropology of Religion3-4
ANTHRO/​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
HEBR-MOD/​JEWISH  301 Introduction to Hebrew Literature 13
HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  313 Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization3-4
GEN&WS/​AFROAMER  624 African American Women's Activism (19th & 20th Centuries)3
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
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/​PHILOS/​RELIG ST  435 Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century3
LITTRANS 214 Literatures of Central Asia in Translation3
RELIG ST 400 Topics in Religious Studies - Humanities3-4
RELIG ST 401 Topics in Religious Studies - Social Studies3-4

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. 

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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.