Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor

Department of HistoryCalifornia State University, Sacramento

Program Description
The Middle East and Islamic Studies minor emphasizes coursework in the history, politics, society, culture, and religion of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. The curriculum for the program includes upper and lower division courses offered by the departments of History, Humanities and Religious Studies, Government, Sociology, Women's Studies and Foreign Languages. Students wishing to minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies are required to consult with the program coordinator.

Minor Requirements
Total number of units required in the minor: 18 units total, 6 maximum units may be from lower division coursework. All required courses are also listed as potential electives. Courses taken to fulfill requirements cannot also be taken as electives. The electives courses under requirement C must be taken from two or more departments.

  1. Islamic Studies Requirement (3 Units) — [choose one of the following]
    • History 8: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 Units)
    • HRS 144: Introduction to Islam (3 Units)

  2. Modern Middle East Requirement (6 Units) — [choose two of the following]
    • Government 148: Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 units)
    • History 143B: The Middle East 1800 to the Present (3 units)
    • Sociology 162: Middle Eastern Societies and Culture (3 units)

  3. Electives (9 Units)[choose three of the following]
    • Arabic 001A: Elementary Arabic (4 units)
    • Arabic 001B: Elementary Arabic (4 units)
    • Arabic 002A: Intermediate Arabic (4 units)
    • Government 148: Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 units)
    • Government 137: Nationalism (3 units)
    • History 8: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 units)
    • History 143A: The Middle East to 1800 (3 units)
    • History 143B: The Middle East 1800 to the Present (3 units)
    • History 144: Modern Iran (3 units)
    • History 110: The Ancient Near East (3 units)
    • HRS 144: Introduction to Islam (3 units)
    • HRS 145: Islamic Cultures (3 units)
    • HRS 152: Great Mystics of the World (3 units)
    • HRS 178B: Religions of India II: Medieval and Modern (3 units)
    • Sociology 162: Middle Eastern Societies and Culture (3 units)
    • Sociology 163: Middle East Conflict, Oil, and Development (3 units)
    • Women's Studies 121: Women in the Middle East (3 units)
    • HIST/HRS/GOVT/SOC 199: Special Problems or Independent Study (3 units)

Special Features

  • The minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies is administered through the Department of History in the College of Arts and Letters.

  • The program committee consists of faculty from several departments in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.

  • With the approval of the student's MEIS faculty advisor and the program coordinator students may take a maximum of three (3) units of independent study towards the electives requirement for the minor. The independent study project must consist of substantial readings and research in a project developed in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.

NOTE: Students wishing to declare the minor must consult with the program coordinator and complete the Petition to Declare a Minor form.

Program Coordinator
Contact History Department

Program Committee / Faculty Advisors
Christopher Castaneda, Department of History
Bahman Fozouni, Department of Government
Maria Jaoudi, Department of Humanities and Religious Studies
Ayad Al-Qazzaz, Department of Sociology

For additional program and events information go to the website of the CSUS Center for Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies: www.csus.edu/imesc

Affiliated Faculty by Department
History
 Christopher Castaneda

Humanities
and Religious Studies

    Joel Dubois
    Maria Jaoudi
   

Foreign Languages
    Eva Aramouni

Government
    Bahman Fozouni

Sociology
    Ayad Al-Qazzaz

Womens Studies
   

Contact
History Department
www.csus.edu/MEIS

 


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