The Middle Eastern Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that gives student the opportunity to study the Middle East in-depth by combining existing course offerings from a number of disciplines. The minor is available to students from a wide variety of majors, and is particularly valuable option for students majoring in International Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, or History. The minor consists of 18 credit hours, including three required upper-division courses in politics, cultures and history of the Middle East, and three elective courses with a focus on the Middle East. The list of available elective courses is expanding.
The minor is a part of a broader Middle Eastern Studies Program, funded by the King Fahd endowment. The program offers, on competitive basis, grants for Middle Eastern Studies students studying at UALR and for UALR faculty with interest in the Middle East. The program also supports a series of monthly lectures and events on the Middle East.
The minor requires 18 upper level hours to include:
- POLS 4375 / 5375 Politics of the Middle East
- ANTH 3319 Cultures of the Middle East
- HIST 3336 Islam and the Modern Middle East OR
HIST 4390 Pre-Modern Middle East (AD 600-1900)
and 9 hours of elective credit selected from courses with a Middle Eastern focus including the following courses:
- POLS 3301 Global Terrorism
- RELS 4380 Judaism in Contemporary Culture
- RELS 3336 Islam
- ANTH 4325 Egyptology
- GEOG 4300 Geography of the Middle East
- POLS 3101 Model Arab League
- ANTH 4398 ST: Islam and Gender
- INTS 3321 Topics in Modern International Cultures: Islamic Law
- ANTH 4398 Arabian Archaeology
An exploration of the archaeology of the Arabian peninsula from the earliest human migrations into the region during the Paleolithic to the Islamic period. We will highlight the cultural and economic diversity of the pre-Islamic period, the early historic frankincense trading kingdoms, archaeological evidence for the rise and spread of Islam, and the emerging field of Islamic Archaeology. The course will include a special focus on the medieval port city of Al-Baleed and the UALR Archaeological Projects in Oman and Yemen. Required for, but not limited to, students who want to apply to be a team member for the Summer 2014 archaeological field season in Oman. Taught by Dr. Krista Lewis.
Students can transfer credits for other minor-related coursework, including study of Middle Eastern Languages abroad. Other elective courses may be substituted with prior consent of the program coordinator.