Languages 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 two semesters of a Middle Eastern language.

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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