Middle East and Islamic Studies

College of Arts and Letters

Program Description

The minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) emphasizes coursework in the history, politics, society, culture, and religion of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. The curriculum for the program includes upper and lower division courses offered by the departments of History, Humanities and Religious Studies, Government, Sociology, Women's Studies, and Foreign Languages. Students wishing to minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies are required to consult with the program coordinator.

Special Features

  • The minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies is administered through the Department of History in the College of Arts and Letters.
  • The program committee consists of faculty from several departments in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • With the approval of the student's MEIS faculty advisor and the program coordinator students may take a maximum of three (3) units of independent study towards the electives requirement for the minor. The independent study project must consist of substantial readings and research in a project developed in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.

Contact Information

Jeffrey Wilson, Coordinator
3080 Tahoe Hall
(916) 278-6206
www.csus.edu/MEIS
cohenaj@saclink.csus.edu

Minor

Units required for the Minor: 18, six units maximum may be from lower division coursework. All required courses are also listed as potential electives. Courses taken to fulfill requirements cannot also be taken as electives. The elective courses under requirement C must be taken from two or more departments.

Islamic Studies Requirement (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
History of Islamic Civilizations
Introduction To Islam
Modern Middle East Requirement (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
Governments and Politics in the Middle East
The Modern Middle East
Middle Eastern Societies and Culture
Electives (9 Units)
Select three of the following (choices must come from two or more departments):9
Elementary Arabic
Elementary Arabic
Intermediate Arabic
Nationalism
Governments and Politics in the Middle East
History of Islamic Civilizations
The Ancient Near East: A Cultural History
Middle Eastern History to 1800
The Modern Middle East
Introduction To Islam
Introduction to Islamic Cultures
Great Mystics of the World
Middle Eastern Societies and Culture
Conflict, Oil and Development in the Middle East
Individual Study Projects
Women Of The Middle East
Total Units18