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Bachelor of Arts

The BA in Middle East studies provides students with the opportunity to study a region of great importance. The broad and balanced program is taught by faculty members from departments such as anthropology, Arab and Islamic civilization, economics, history, political science and sociology.

120 credits are required: Six hours of colloquial or literary Arabic for non-Arabic speakers:

  • Core Curriculum (40 credits)
  • Concentration Requirements (45 credits)
    - 12 courses (36 credits) from 200/300 level.
    - 3 courses (9 credits) from 400 level.
  • The rest (29-41 credits) should be general elective courses and be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Course units given below are subject to change and are the latest example of curriculum available on this course of study.

Core (200/300 level) (36 credits)

ANTH 2101
Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3301
Anthropologies of Middle East and North Africa
ARIC 2346
Survey of Arab History
ECON 2021
Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 2051
Economic History of the Modern Middle East
HIST 3213
State and Society in the Middle East, 1699-1914
HIST 3214
State and Society in the Middle East, 1906-present
POLS 2003
Introduction to Political Science II
POLS 3408
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
SOC 3303
Social Movements
SOC 3085
Environmental Issues in Egypt

Required (Choose one course) (3 credits)

ARIC 3321 Zawiyas, Harems, Coffee shops, Everyday Life in the Pre-Modern Mideast
ARIC 3343 Birth of Muslim Community and Rise of the Arab Caliphates
ARIC 3353 Muslim Political Thought

Core (400 level) (Choose three courses) (9 credits)

ANTH 4030 Women, Islam and the State
ANTH 4050 Critical Approaches to Development
ANTH 4560 Development Studies Seminar
ARIC 5142 Islamic Law
ARIC 5133 Islamic Institutions
ARIC 5134 Modern Movements in Islam
ECON 4051 Seminar on Economic Development and Policy in the Middle East
HIST 4290 Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History
HIST 4288
Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East
MEST 4301
Special Topics in Middle East Studies 
POLS 4420 Issues in Middle East Politics
POLS 4523 The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality
POLS 4542 Environmental Politics
SOC 4106 Critical Approaches to Development
SOC 4560 Development Studies Seminar

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     BA program established 1974

     Duration: Four Years

     Fees 2019/2020

     GPA: 2.7


     Declaration Form to declare a major

     in Middle East Studies

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