Middle East and Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA Curriculum

Degree Requirements (2016-2017 Catalog Year)

Five core courses (15 credits)

  • MEIS 500 - Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies Credits: 3
  • HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History Credits: 3
  • RELI 644 - Islamic Texts and Contexts Credits: 3
  • Methods course chosen from ANTH 650, HIST 610, SOCI 620, GOVT 500, or RELI 630 Credits: 3
  • GOVT 632 - Politics and Societies of the Middle East Credits: 3

 

Language proficiency

Prior to graduating, students must demonstrate professional competency in one of five major languages of the Middle East and Muslim world: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, or Urdu.

Five elective courses (15 credits)

Students who choose to complete a research project or write a thesis take 3 or 6 fewer elective credits. 

In addition to the list below, elective courses may include special topics courses when relevant, directed readings and research, study abroad courses, internships, and other courses with the approval of the program director.

  • ANTH 635 - Regional EthnographyCredits: 3 (when topic is Middle East and North Africa)
  • ARTH 599 - Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative ArtsCredits: 1-6 (when topic is Middle Eastern or Islamic art)
  • ARTH 699 - Topics in Art HistoryCredits: 3 (when topic is Middle East or Islamic art)
  • CONF 653 - World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict ResolutionCredits: 3
  • CONF 722 - Conflict and ReligionCredits: 3
  • ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global CultureCredits: 3 (when topic is Middle East or Muslim world)
  • FREN 553 - Topics in North African Francophone Literature and CultureCredits: 3
  • FRLN 550 - Special TopicsCredits: 3 (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
  • FRLN 551 - Special TopicsCredits: 3 (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
  • GGS 533 - Issues in Regional GeographyCredits: 1-6 (when topic is Middle East)
  • GOVT 731 - Advanced Seminar in Comparative PoliticsCredits: 3
  • (when topic is the Middle East or a Muslim world region)
  • GOVT 733 - Islam and PoliticsCredits: 3
  • HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern HistoryCredits: 3
  • MEIS 794 - Graduate Internship in Middle East and Islamic StudiesCredits: 3
  • MEIS 796 - Directed Readings in Middle East and Islamic StudiesCredits: 3
  • RELI 591 - Special Topics in Religious StudiesCredits: 3 (when topic is Islam or Muslim communities)
  • RELI 645 - Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious ThoughtCredits: 3
  • RELI 646 - Islam and Human RightsCredits: 3
  • RELI 660 - Islamic Biomedical EthicsCredits: 3

 

Optional Research Project (3 credits)

Students choosing to complete a research project take one of the following courses, and one less elective course.

  • GOVT 798 - Political Science Research ProjectCredits: 3
  • HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in HistoryCredits: 3
  • SOCI 696 - Independent StudyCredits: 1-3
  • ANTH 796 - Master's Research ProjectCredits: 1-6
  • MEIS 798 - Research Project in Middle East and Islamic StudiesCredits: 3

 

Optional Thesis (6 credits)

Students who choose to write a thesis should be aware of the policies governing theses as stated in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in MEIS 799, maintain continuous enrollment.

Students choosing to complete a thesis take 6 fewer credits of elective.

  • MEIS 799 - Thesis Research and Writing in Middle East and Islamic StudiesCredits: 1-6

 

Total: 30 credits

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