Middle East and Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate

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500-Level Courses

GOVT 500: The Scientific Method and Research Design (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Grounds students in the principles of the scientific method as the framework for investigating all research questions in political science, whether qualitative or quantitative in character (or both). Focus is on sound and rigorous research design.

MEIS 500: Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Introduces the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and the Islamic world through an examination of recent seminal works and debates in the field representing the disciplinary perspectives of history, religious studies, political science, and sociology.

HIST 510: Approaches to Modern World History (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Introduces historical study of world beyond Europe and United States. Students read major theoretical works and case studies of particular regions. Examines imperialism, national identity, and various forms of popular resistance; familiarizes students with range of scholarly approaches, including world systems theory and subaltern studies.

GOVT 530: Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines fundamental issues in comparative politics and provides broad coverage of the central themes under study. Designed to help students think theoretically and critically about the study of comparative politics, its scientific objectives, and its epistemological assumptions. Within this context, students will look at concepts and approaches, as well as important theories and debates that characterize the subfield. Helps prepare students for qualifying exams in comparative politics.

HIST 535: Problems in Comparative World History (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Summer 2017 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions.

HIST 575: Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Introduces students to the central issues and debates surrounding the study of the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim societies. Covers key methodological issues including the role of area studies vis_ˆ_vis disciplinary approaches and debates on the politics of knowledge production and historiography.

HIST 585: Problems in Middle Eastern History (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Analyzes selected problem. Emphasizes reading and discussion of historical interpretations, and development of bibliography.

RELI 591: Special Topics in Religious Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Topics in religious studies selected by importance in the field and pertinent to the role of religion in society and culture. Emphasis on historical, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural issues.

600-Level Courses

HIST 610: The Study and Writing of History (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material.

SOCI 620: Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Emphasizes gathering, interpreting, and evaluating scientific evidence. Covers logic of scientific inquiry, including the application of various research designs and data collection methods. Develops critical-thinking skills by using set of rules and logical criteria for evaluation of social science research. Focuses both on how results are obtained and disseminated via research reports.

RELI 630: Approaches to the Study of Religion (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines study of religion as academic discipline. Evaluates various intellectual approaches and methods used in study of religious phenomena.

RELI 632: World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores reasons for instances of global religious conflicts and examines ways of engaging in interreligious dialogue. Investigates religious pluralism as an effective means for dialogue.

RELI 635: World Religions in Transition and Transformation (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores transitions and transformations in selected world religions as they respond to and influence forces of cultural change, social values, and the crises of history. Fresh or modified constructions of the sacred and their relationship to world and humans will be examined.

ANTH 635: Regional Ethnography (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

In-depth study of peoples and cultures of a specific world region (Latin America, East Asia, the Pacific, or United States). Content may include cultures defined by diaspora, migration, and other global forces and processes.

RELI 644: Islamic Texts and Contexts (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Introduces foundational Islamic texts; scholarly traditions of commentary, criticism and analysis on these texts; and application and significance of these texts in contemporary Islamic discourses.

ANTH 650: Methods in Anthropology (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Reviews and examines major research methods commonly employed in cultural anthropological field study, with emphasis on ethnographic research design and the use of standard ethnographic techniques. Includes practice in designing ethnographic research project and using ethnographic methods and techniques in a field setting.

ENGH 665: Seminar in Global Culture (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Examines various cultural texts such as literature, drama, film, and folklore in terms of transnational circulation or production and reception in locations around the world other than Britain and United States. Engages with issues arising from globalization of English and interplay of global cultures.

ARTH 699: Topics in Art History (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers.

700-Level Courses

GOVT 731: Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Assumes basic proficiency in comparative analysis. Regionally based examination of key debates in the comparative politics field. Key theoretical and methodological debates are addressed through in depth examination of regional political processes. Regions include Latin America, Asia, Middle East, European Union, Africa, and Russia.

MEIS 794: Graduate Internship in Middle East and Islamic Studies (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Internship credit for completion of Middle East and/or Islamic studies related work at an approved government, nonprofit, or private institution.

MEIS 796: Directed Readings in Middle East and Islamic Studies (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Directed readings in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies.

MEIS 798: Research Project in Middle East and Islamic Studies (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Research project related to Middle East and Islamic studies taken under supervision of faculty adviser.

ANTH 798: Thesis or Project Proposal (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Work on research proposal that forms basis for master's thesis or project.

GOVT 798: Political Science Research Project (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Research project related to student's concentration under supervision of a faculty advisor. Student produces substantial and original contribution to political science knowledge on model of article in scholarly journal.

HIST 798: Directed Research and Writing in History (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Intended for students in department's predoctoral track who are not writing master's thesis. Goal is to produce substantial and original contribution to historical knowledge on model of article in scholarly journal.

MEIS 799: Thesis Research and Writing in Middle East and Islamic Studies (1-6 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Original research and thesis writing for students in the Middle East and Islamic Studies MA program.

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