Middle East Studies, Minor

Program Code: MESTU_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Islamic States, Societies and Cultures c. 600-1500 Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Middle East Keystone/General Education Course
Classical Islamic Civilization, 600-1258
The Contemporary Middle East
Introduction to Islam Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits (at least 6 at the 400-level and no more than 6 credits from language study) from approved program list in consultation with the professor in charge of the minor15

Some courses may require other course work as some courses have prerequisites. 

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Liberal Arts Academic Advising
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Career Paths

A minor in Middle Eastern Studies offers students the opportunity to take part in enriching experiences that can lead to exciting careers in fields such as archaeology, politics, religious studies, and more. Students who achieve a minor in Middle Eastern Studies offer knowledge and understanding of complex histories that employers and graduate programs find appealing.


  • Secondary and College Teaching
  • Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics


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