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Middle East Studies Minor

middle eastThis interdisciplinary area studies minor within the international studies program seeks to offer students a broad background in the languages, history, politics, and cultures of the Middle East. It draws on the existing strengths of a number of departments and faculty members at The College of New Jersey. The minor program consists of five courses plus a language requirement.


Two of the following:

HIS  341: Islamic History from Muhammad to the Ottomans
HIS  342: The Modern Middle East
POL  357: Politics in the Middle East

One language course at the 200 level in Arabic

(Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish by special arrangement) or equivalent proficiency (intermediate low as defined in the ACTFL guidelines).

Three additional courses such that the total of five courses are drawn from at least three disciplines, chosen by the student from an approved list, or by advisement.

Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisers to develop a coherent focus as the fulfill the minor’s requirements. Three of the five courses must be at the 300 level of above.

Recommended courses

(descriptions and prerequisites are available under department listings)

ARA  245/Modern Arab Society and the Media (same as COM 245 and ANT 245)
ECO  210/History of Economic Thought
ECO  335/Economic Development*
ECO  340/International Economics**
HIS  343/History of Central Eurasia
HIS  452/Readings Seminar in History: Modern Middle East
HIS  453/Readings Seminar in History: Early Middle East
HON  230/Islam in Comparative Perspective
POL  250/Politics and Society in Developing Countries
POL  352/INT 360 Comparative Political Economy of Development
POL  355/INT 355 Political Economy of Natural Resources
POL  380/International Political Economy
POL 390/Tutorial: Violence, Civil War, Revolution
REL  113/Islam and Islamic Thought

*Prerequisite: ECO 101/Microeconomics
**Prerequisite: ECO 102/Principles of Macroeconomics

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Miriam Lowi