Middle East Studies Program
Office: Sturm Hall, Room 186A
Mail Code: 2000 East Asbury Avenue Denver, CO 80210
Web Site: https://liberalarts.du.edu/academics-admissions/programs-ug/minor-middle-east-studies
This interdisciplinary minor offers students in any major the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the study of the Middle East.
This interdisciplinary undergraduate minor provides students with an in-depth and substantive exposure to the politics, society, and religions of the Middle East through a variety of humanities and social sciences approaches, and through study of at least one major regional language. The minor aims to complement and augment the scholarly understanding of DU undergraduates pursuing any major and enhance their career opportunities.
This interdisciplinary undergraduate minor provides students with an in-depth and substantive exposure to the politics, society, and religions of the Middle East through a variety of humanities and social sciences approaches, and through study of at least one major regional language. The minor aims to complement and augment the scholarly understanding of DU undergraduates pursuing any major, and enhance their career opportunities.
20 credits including the following:
|Language Sequence 1||8|
and Conversation & Composition
and Intermediate Hebrew 2
|Three content courses: 3||12|
|Content course listing (may change depending on instructor interest/availability; not all courses offered every year)|
|Seminar in Art History|
|Mosques and Aniconism: Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250|
|Dragons and Sultans: Islamic Art and Architecture 1250-1600|
|Modern Hebrew Literature in Translation: Against All Odds|
|Postmodern Visions of Israel|
|Israeli Television and Cinema: Representing Cultural Diversity in Israeli Life|
|Aspects of Modern Hebrew: Readings, Films, Songs, and Discussion|
|Jews in the Islamic World, 632 C.E. - 1948 C.E.|
|A History of Israel-Palestine, 1800-Present|
|The Modern Middle East: 1798-1991|
|Women in the Middle East, 1800-Present|
|US Foreign Policy in the Middle East|
|United States - Israeli Relations, 1948-Present|
|United States Involvement in the Persian Gulf, 1933-Present|
|History of the Middle East|
|Introduction to Middle East and Islamic Politics|
|Israeli Culture Through Film: Society, Ethnicity, and Inter-Cultural Discourse|
|Israeli Society Through Film: Narratives of the Holocaust, War and Terror in Israeli Life|
|Contemporary Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 2000-Today|
|Religious Diversity in Israel|
|The Emergence of Monotheism|
Students who demonstrate proficiency in Arabic or Hebrew to the 2100/2003 level will have the language course requirements waived, and instead will take five content courses.
Students pursuing this minor and the Judaic Studies minor must choose the JUST minor without the Hebrew emphasis, if they are using Hebrew for both minors. The second-year Hebrew requirement cannot be double-counted for the Middle Eastern Studies minor and the Judaic Studies minor with Hebrew emphasis
Students must take content courses in at least two departments/schools. (e.g., they cannot take all three courses from HIST.) Students can transfer up to 10 credit hours from appropriate study abroad courses into the minor. No more than 4 credit hours may be taken at the 1000 level.