We prepare our students to be engage global citizens and critical thinkers.

 

We use a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, providing students with a thorough understanding of the region from anthropological, economic, historical, literary, political, and religious perspectives. Students electing this minor must complete at least 15 credits at the 2000, 3000, and 4000-level from at least three fields that satisfy the following criteria.

  1. The basic required course is HIST 3705.
  2. In addition, students must complete four courses from the following list: ANTH 3038; ANTH 3513/HIST 3300; CLCS 2214, 3201, 3203; ECON 2104; FREN 3218; HEB/JUDS 3201; HIST 3704, 3712; HIST 3301/CAMS 3253, HIST 3330/HEB 3218/CAMS 3256/JUDS 3218; INTD 3260; POLS 3447, 3462, 3464; and any 2000, 3000 and 4000-level courses in Middle East Languages.

Study abroad courses, POLS 2998, and those offered by the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS) Program count toward the minor when the topic contains substantial Middle Eastern material.

With the approval of a student's Middle Eastern Studies Advisor, one other course not listed above or a 3-credit independent study course with substantial Middle Eastern content may also be counted toward the minor. Students are strongly encouraged to take a Middle Eastern language such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.

Students are also strongly encouraged to study abroad at a university in the Middle East.

Contact

Jeremy Pressman, Ph.D.
Director of the Middle East Studies Program
Associate Professor of Political Science
365 Fairfield Way
Storrs, CT 06269

Current Courses

Fall 2021

Course# Title Day/Time Instructor
ECON 2103 Deep Roots of Modern Societies We

4:40 pm - 7:10 pm

Metin M.  Coşgel
ARIS 3000
Classical Arabic Tu, Th

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Nicola Carpintieri
ARIS 1170 Women's Writing in the Contemporary Arab World Mo, We

2:40 pm - 3:55 pm

 

Hind Ahmed Zaki
HIST 3704 Medieval Islamic Civilization to 1700 Tu, Th

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

 

Fakhreddin Azimi
HIST 3712 The Middle East Crucible Tu, Th

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Fakhreddin Azimi
ARAB 3212 Arabic Composition and Conversation Tu, Thu

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Maha Darawsha
ARAB 3771 Cinema in the Middle East and North Africa Tu, Thu

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Maha Darawsha

Hazza Abu Rabia

 

Past Courses

Spring 2021

Course# Title Day/Time Instructor
SPAN 3200 Civilization of Spain until 1800 Tu, Th
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Rosa Helena
Chinchilla
HIST 3705 The Modern Middle East from 1700 to the Present Tu, Th
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Fakhreddin Azmi
HIST 3712 The Middle East Crucible Tu, Th
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Fakhreddin Azmi
POLS 5340 Politics and Security in the Middle East Tu
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Jeremy Pressman

Fall 2020

Course# Title Day/Time Instructor
ARAB 3295 Women's Lives in Women's Words MWF
11:15 am - 12:05 pm
Hind Ahmed Zaki
ECON 2103 Deep Roots of Modern Societies Tuesday

5:15-7:45 pm

Metin M. Coşgel
HEJS 2200 Israel: History and Society MW
11:15 am
Avinoam J. Patt
HIST 3704 Medieval Islamic Civilization to 1700 Tu, Th
11:00 am
Fakhreddin Azimi
HIST 3712 The Middle East Crucible Tu, Th
3:30 pm
Fakhreddin Azimi
POLS 2998-005 Political Issues: Contemporary Affairs in the Middle East Tu, Th
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Jeremy Pressman
POLS 2998W-003 Gender and Politics in the Middle East MWF
1:25 - 2:15 pm
Hind Ahmed Zaki
POLS 3208WH Politics of Oil Monday
4:00 - 6:30 pm
Oksan Bayulgen
 POLS 3464W  The Arab-Israeli Conflict Tu, Th
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Jeremy Pressman

 

Spring 2020

Course#

Title

Day/Time

Instructor

ARIS 1211 An Introduction to Islam Th
6:30-9 pm
Ladha
HIST 3705 The Modern Middle East from 1700 to the Present Tu, Th
11-12:15
Azimi
HIST 3712 The Middle East Crucible Tu, Th
2-3:15
Azimi
POLS 3464W Arab-Israeli Conflict Tu, Th
12:30-1:45
Pressman

Fall 2019

Course#

Title

Day/Time

Instructor

POLS 3447 American Diplomacy in the Middle East      Stamford Campus MW
1:25 - 2:15PM
Lefebvre
POLS 3464W Arab-Israeli Conflict Tu, Th
12:30 - 1:45PM
Pressman
POLS 3402 Contemporary International Politics Tu, Th
9:30 - 10:45AM
Pressman
POLS 3208WH Politics of Oil M
4:00 - 6:30PM
Bayulgen
FREN 1176 Literatures and Cultures of the Postcolonial Francophone World Tu, Th
12:30 - 1:45 PM
Ladha
ARAB 3751 Al-Andalus: Music, Literature and Science in Muslim Spain Tu, Th
5:00 - 6:15 PM
Carpentieri
ARIS 3000 Classical Arabic Tu, Th
11:00-12:15 PM
Carpentieri