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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. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Miriam Lowi


Recommended Courses (5 course units)

Select 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

Select 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).

Select three additional courses, for a total of five courses drawn from at least three disciplines, are 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 they fulfill the minor’s requirements. Three of the five courses must be at the 300 level or above.[/simplebox]

  • 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