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International Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Middle Eastern Studies

    Middle Eastern Studies focuses on the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of three major religions. The Middle East has played a pivotal role in human history and has been extremely prominent in global politics and economy in the modern era.

    The Minor in Middle Eastern Studies offers courses in history, geography, political science, religious studies, anthropology and economics, and combines them into a comprehensive program of study. Middle Eastern Studies prepares students for the pursuit of their academic and professional aspirations, ranging from graduate studies in humanities and social sciences to careers in public administration and policy. 

    Requirements for the minor(opens in new window) include completing 19 units from several categories of courses. Students are required to take at least one semester of Arabic and may count an additional semester of the language toward electives in the minor.

    Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities in the Middle East. 

    For more information, contact:

    Najm al-Din Yousefi
    Coordinator, Middle Eastern Studies
    Department of History
    211 Trinity Hall
    Phone: 530-898-5386

    Dr. Yousefi was the Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient in 2018.

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