Director: Philip Naylor, Ph.D.

The Middle East and North Africa Studies program provides students an opportunity to achieve a functional proficiency in Arabic complemented by a broad knowledge of the history, society, theology, philosophy and media of the Arabic-speaking region.

Middle East and North Africa Studies Major

The interdisciplinary major requires 30–32 credits, depending on the student's proficiency in Arabic upon beginning the program. The credits fall into three categories. Foundational courses in Arabic language study (6–8 credits). Context courses on the historical, theological, social and cultural contexts underpinning the field of Middle East and North Africa studies (12 credits). Elective courses (9-12 credits) allow students to focus their studies or expand their knowledge base.

Foundational Courses. Choose two of the following:6-8
Elementary Arabic 1
Elementary Arabic 2
Intermediate Arabic 1
Intermediate Arabic 2
Grammar Review and Skills Development
Spoken Arabic
Context Courses12
Culture and Civilization of the Middle East
Middle East
Arabs and Muslims in Global Context
Memory and the Making of the Old Testament
Theologies of Nonviolence
Elective Courses 1
Humanities elective. Choose one of the following:3
Grammar Review and Skills Development 2
Spoken Arabic 2
Arabic Literature in English Translation
Arab and Muslim Women in the United States
Arabic for Media
Re-envision of Disability
The Byzantine Empire
The Crusades
North Africa
Philosophy of Race
Medieval Philosophy
Memory and the Making of the Old Testament 3
Theologies of Nonviolence 3
Social Sciences elective. Choose one of the following:3
Anthropology of Religion
People and Cultures of the Middle East
Politics of the Developing World
Politics of the World Economy
World Conflict and Security
The Political Economy of Development
International Politics of the Middle East
Immigrants and their Communities
Additional electives - Choose two from the preceding lists.6
Total Credit Hours:30-32

Notes:

1. In addition to the courses listed, students may apply as electives study abroad courses relevant to Middle East and North Africa studies with the approval of the program director.

2. Students may take ARBC 3001 Grammar Review and Skills Development and ARBC 3002 Spoken Arabic as electives courses only if they have not taken them as foundational courses.

3. Students may take THEO 2000 Memory and the Making of the Old Testament or THEO 2500 Theologies of Nonviolence as an elective course only if they have not taken it as a foundational course.

Middle East and North Africa Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor requires 18–20 credits, depending on the student's proficiency in Arabic upon beginning the program. Foundational courses in Arabic language study (6–8 credits). Electives (12 credits) from historical, theological, social and cultural context courses.

Foundational Courses. Choose two of the following:6-8
Elementary Arabic 1
Elementary Arabic 2
Intermediate Arabic 1
Intermediate Arabic 2
Grammar Review and Skills Development
Spoken Arabic
Elective Courses. Choose four of the following: 112
Anthropology of Religion
People and Cultures of the Middle East
Grammar Review and Skills Development 2
Spoken Arabic 2
Culture and Civilization of the Middle East
Arabic Literature in English Translation
Arab and Muslim Women in the United States
Arabic for Media
Re-envision of Disability
Francophone Literature: Non-Western
Francophone Popular Culture
Francophone History and Politics: Western
The Crusades
The Byzantine Empire
Middle East
North Africa
Philosophy of Race
Medieval Philosophy
Politics of the Developing World
Politics of the World Economy
World Conflict and Security
The Political Economy of Development
International Politics of the Middle East
Immigrants and their Communities
Arabs and Muslims in Global Context
Memory and the Making of the Old Testament
Theologies of Nonviolence
Total Credit Hours:18-20

Notes:

1. In addition to the courses listed, students may apply as electives study abroad courses relevant to Middle East and North Africa studies with the approval of the program director.

2. Students may take ARBC 3001 Grammar Review and Skills Development and ARBC 3002 Spoken Arabic as electives courses only if they have not taken them as foundational courses.