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Prospective Graduate Diploma Students

Graduate Diploma

The diploma program in Middle East Studies is designed to fill the need for familiarity with modern Middle Eastern culture and society, particularly for students who have not been exposed to an intensive study of the Middle East at the undergraduate level.

To obtain the diploma each candidate must demonstrate, in addition to the normal university requirements in English, proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic up to the completion of ALNG 1101-1102-1103.

Five courses are required for the Diploma, from at least three departments. Students can take a maximum of two courses at the 400 level.

Students are expected to finish the program in two semesters, though they may take up to four semesters to complete their requirements.

Students must take three of the following courses:

Core Courses (Choose three courses)

ARIC 5133 Islamic Institutions
ARIC 5232 \ HIST 5223 Seminar on the 20th Century Middle East
ECON 5252
Economic Development in Middle East Countries
MEST 5201 A Critical Introduction to Middle East Studies
POLS 5235 Middle East Politics
SOC/ANTH 5290 Middle Eastern Societies and Cultures

Elective Courses Offered in Spring 2020 (Choose two courses)

ARIC 5101 Selected Topics in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions: "Major Works in Islamic Studies"
ARIC 5102 Cairo in the Cultural Imaginary
ARIC 5113 Sira and Hadith
ECON 4051 Seminar on Economic Development and Policy in the Middle East
ECON 4094 Economics of Egypt
ECLT 5109 Modern Literary Criticism: Interpretation and Culture
HIST 4188 Selected Topics in World History: Family in History
HIST 4215
The Marriage Crisis and the Middle East
HIST 4288-01 Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Women and Gender
HIST 4288-02
Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Arabs in America
HIST 4288-03 Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Modern Lebanon
HIST 4290 Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History: Egypt under Nasser: Regime, Class, and Society
LAW 5214 Human Rights in the Middle East
POLS 4422 Contemporary Egypt
POLS 4605
International Politics in the Middle East
POLS 5225
International Political Economy
POLS 5230 Regime Change and Democratization

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     Duration: One Year

   Fees 2019/2020

     Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0

    Application Deadline


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