The Arts and Sciences has created the Minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies in order to provide an interdisciplinary overview encompassing the history, cultures, religious traditions and political institutions of the lands stretching from Morocco to Iran and from Turkey to the Southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula in the period from the rise of Islam to the present day. It draws on courses in History; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Religion; Diplomacy and International Relations and Political Science. The rationale of the program is to provide students with a deeper understanding of on-going events and processes in the region by exposing them to a broad and balanced range of courses from a variety of disciplines.
The Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor will consist of three required and three elective courses, totaling 18 credits. No more than two of the three electives can be taken from the same department.