Middle Eastern Studies (Interdisciplinary Minor)
Coordinator: Dina Le Gall (Carman Hall, Room 295)
Steering Committee: Elhum Haghighat, Political Science; Dina Le Gall, History; Christa Salamandra, Anthropology; Devirm Yavuz, Sociology.
This interdisciplinary program is designed to introduce students to a variety of topics and issues in the history, politics, languages, societies and cultures of the Middle East and to give them the opportunity to study the Middle East using the tools of several different disciplines. The program is offered as a minor field that complements a wide array of majors. It is particularly valuable for students who wish to combine an interest in the Middle East with majors such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, or Political Science in preparation for graduate work in Middle Eastern Studies or for professional careers in education, business, government, foreign service, law, and journalism, among others.
Students construct their course of study in consultation with the Minor's Coordinator. They must complete four courses (12 credits), one of which will be the required course MES 245: Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. The other three may be chosen from any courses in Middle Eastern Studies. Some additional courses, including language tutorials and relevant topics courses, may be counted toward the Minor with the Coordinator's approval. Two of the four courses taken as part of the minor must be at the 300 level or above. Students may take no more than two courses with the same alpha code other than MES. Courses from a student's major department may be taken as part of the Minor, but the credits cannot count toward both.