Minor in Middle East Studies

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

Today, more than ever before, Middle East politics have become intertwined with American politics and the lives of many Americans. This minor is designed to equip undergraduates with a firm multidisciplinary grounding in the region, its history, and its international relations.


Amireh, Bakhash, Bryant, Dakake, Gopin, Haddad (director), Hamdani, Katz, Lukacs, Mandaville, Paczynska, Rouhana, Salawdeh

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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In partial fulfillment of coursework for the minor, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in the Middle East. 

Core Courses

HIST 282 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core) 3
GOVT 332 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 3
Total Credits 6


Select four electives from the following: 1 12
Major Arab Writers/Stories (Mason Core)
Reading and Conversation I
Reading and Conversation II
Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western (if region studied is relevant to Middle East studies)
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)
CONF 340
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)
Global Voices (Mason Core) (if literatures studied are relevant to Middle East studies)
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
GOVT 328
Global Political Theory
GOVT 345
Islam and Politics
GOVT 445
Human Rights
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (if region studied is relevant to Middle East studies)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Religions of the West (Mason Core)
Islamic Thought (Mason Core)
Qur'an and Hadith
Total Credits 12