Minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies

The Schools of History and Sociology, International Affairs, and Modern Languages offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This interdisciplinary minor connects studies of the regions and countries in the Middle East—their languages, their cultures, and their peoples, both concurrently in their national and international relationships as well as longitudinally over the course of history. This minor is designed for undergraduates who will enter a wide range of careers that can lead directly or indirectly to interactions with the people, the social organizations and businesses, and governments of the Middle East and North Africa, both abroad and here in the U.S., especially in terms of the critical technological, social, and policy decisions facing the world today.


Students wishing to pursue this minor should declare the minor by filling out the minor change form with the Student Advisor in Modern Languages.

Minor Program of Study & Guidelines

Modern Language Minor Information

Program of Study

Select 6 credit hours from the following:6
Understanding Arab Culture
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Special Topics
PERS courses
Persian Courses
History of Islamic Societies
History of the Modern Middle East
Government, Politics and Society of the Middle East
Select 9 credit hours from the following:
ARBC 3001Advanced Arabic I3
ARBC 3002/4813Advanced Arabic II3
ARBC 3813/4813Special Topics3
HTS 3051Women and the Politics of Gender in the Middle East3
INTA 3260Middle East Relations3
HTS 4061Seminar in Asian History4
HTS 4091Seminar in Global Issues4
INTA 3813/3813/3823/3833/4823/4833/4813/4814/4815Special Topics3
FREN 3000/4000-level coursesFrench courses dealing with Middle Eastern or North African topic, approved by MENAS advisor.


1) All students need to show competency in Arabic or Persian equivalent to having successfully passed ARBC 2002 or PERS 2XXX. 

2) A maximum of 6 hours of Special Topics is allowed

3) All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis and a grade of C or better must be received in each course. 

4) No more than three hours of coursework can be completed at another university, and the advisor must approve this.

5) It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor.