The minor in Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to familiarize students with the histories, geographies, religions, cultures, arts, languages, and politics of the region known as the Middle East. It draws on courses in Geography, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science, and Religion, fostering connections between different disciplinary approaches to the study of the region. The program thus provides a foundation of knowledge and learning about the Middle East (including the Arab World, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Israel), while privileging no single country, theme, or political position. Through this program, students will gain both specialized knowledge and broad understanding about this dynamic region, in a manner that promotes dialogue, understanding, and awareness of the Middle East and its place in the world.
Requirements for Middle Eastern Studies Minor
Twenty-one (21) credits to include: (1) two sequential semesters of instruction in any Middle Eastern language at Mary Washington or at a comparable institution for transfer credit (6 credits; to be approved by the program director). If a student places out of an approved language, they will need to complete 6 additional credits from the elective list. (2) Four non-language courses in Middle Eastern Studies, chosen at the 300 or 400 level, or Religion 210, and from at least three different departments (12 credits; see course offerings below). (3) A capstone experience in the form of a semester-long, relevant individual study project, study abroad program, or internship (3 credits; to be approved by the program director).
Middle Eastern Course Offerings
The Middle Eastern Studies program is a multi-discipline program. Course Descriptions for these classes can be found under the individual disciplines.
ARAB 351 – Classical Arabic Literature in Translation
ARAB 352 – Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
ARTH/CLAS 305 – Egyptian and Near Eastern Art and Archeology
GEOG 304 – Geography in the Middle East
HIST 383 – Islamic Civilization I
HIST 384 – Islamic Civilization II
HIST 385 – The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 386 – Modern Iraq
HIST 387 – Turkey from Empire to Republic
PSCI 355 – Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
RELG 210 – Islam
RELG 340 – Mysticism East and West
RELG 341 – Major Religious Thinkers
Contact the program director for information regarding sections of History (HIST) 471, Political Science (PSCI) 471, and Religion (RELG) 331 or 400 that might be able to count toward the minor depending upon the course topic.