Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2021-22 College of Liberal Arts Program: Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor

Meet the Faculty

Nationwide, there has been an increased interest in the Middle East and North Africa, a region not well understood by most Americans. The minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Studies offers a thorough survey of the cultures, politics, and religions of the region throughout history, with a strong focus on the contemporary period. Short-term or semester-long field studies are also encouraged, with students in recent years electing to spend time studying in Morocco, Jordan, and Israel.

Minor Requirements

Six (6) courses are required: two (2) core courses and four (4) electives.

Core Courses

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 255 - Middle East Culture
POL 304 - Middle East Politics.

Prereq(s): POL 100,  POL 130, or ANT 255 or instructor consent.

Elective Courses (4 Courses)

Choose four (4) courses listed in the schedule of classes as MENA electives that meet the following criteria.

  • No more than two (2) language courses may count toward the minor
  • No more than three (3) courses may be taken from any one department
  • At least one elective must be at the 300-level or above
  • Courses taken during semester-long field studies at universities in the Middle East and North Africa may also serve as electives, to be approved on a case-by-case basis
Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARA 101 - Elementary Arabic I
ARA 102 - Elementary Arabic II

Prereq(s): ARA 101.

ARA 201 - Intermediate Arabic I

Prereq(s): ARA 102.

ARA 202 - Intermediate Arabic II

Prereq(s): ARA 201.

ANT 277 - Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
ARH 213 - Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
FRN 320 - Introduction to French Civilization


HBR 101 - Elementary Hebrew I


HBR 102 - Elementary Hebrew II

Prereq(s): HBR 101 


POL 306 - Muslims in Western Politics.
POL 307 - Islam and Politics.

Prereq(s): POL 100, POL 130, or ANT 255​ 

REL 125 - Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
REL 217 - Jewish Life and Thought
REL 219 - Islam: Religion and Society
REL 223 - Contemporary Jewish Literature and Film
REL 228 - Women and Religion

Prereq(s): Completion of one REL or WMS course.

REL 304 - Jerusalem: History, Religion, and Politics

Prereq(s): Completion of one REL course.