Graduate Certificate in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Catalog Year: 2022-2023

Banner Code: LA-CERG-MEIS

This graduate certificate allows students to examine the complex issues involved in understanding the Middle East and the broader Islamic world from a variety of perspectives. Students study both contemporary and historical developments in these regions; they take core courses in various disciplines, including political science, history, and religious studies, and have the opportunity to take elective courses in an even broader set of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, literature, and art history.

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Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Core Courses

MEIS 500 Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies 3
HIST 575 Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History 3
GOVT 632 Politics and Societies of the Middle East 3
RELI 644 Islamic Texts and Contexts 3
Total Credits 12


Select two electives from the following: 6
Regional Ethnography 1  
Special Topics in Art History 2  
Topics in Art History 2  
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution  
Conflict and Religion  
Seminar in Global Culture 3  
Special Topics 4  
Special Topics 4  
Issues in Regional Geography 5  
GOVT 731
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics 6  
GOVT 733
Islam and Politics  
Problems in Middle Eastern History  
Graduate Internship in Middle East and Islamic Studies  
Directed Readings in Middle East and Islamic Studies  
Special Topics in Religious Studies 7  
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought  
Islam and Human Rights  
Islamic Biomedical Ethics  
Total Credits 6