Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark

University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

History (HIST)

HIST 181 (GH;IL) Introduction to the Middle East (3) Origins of Islamic civilization; expansion of Islam; the Ottoman Empire; the Middle East since 1918.

HIST 181 Introduction to the Middle East (3)
(GH;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course presents a survey of the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the current day. The objectives are to help students develop the vocabulary and historical background to discuss and evaluate contemporary events and debates, stimulate interest in the varied historical experiences and diverse societies and cultures of the region, and provide a foundation for deeper investigation. Students may elect to take one or more of the 400-level sequence on Middle Eastern history, or other specialized courses, upon completion of the course. The first half of the course focuses on the foundations of Islamic government and civilization, the first Islamic empires, and the Ottoman empire. The second half of the course traces the modern history of the Middle East and examines how it has been profoundly shaped by European imperialism and American political, economic, and strategic interests. Students will be evaluated on regular quizzes and essay exams and participate in class discussions of assigned readings and current events. History 181 satisfies general credit requirements for the history major or minor, including the "non-western" component of the major. The course may also be used to fulfill requirements for the Middle East Studies minor. Non-majors may use this course to satisfy a general education humanities selection. HIST 181 will be offered once a year with 50-60 seats per offering.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.