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Undergraduate: Middle Eastern Studies

  • Program Overview

    Middle Eastern Studies (MES)

    The interdisciplinary minor in Middle Eastern Studies allows students interested in the Middle East to design an individual program of study centered around a particular area of concentration in consultation with an advisor.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Minor in Middle Eastern Studies (MES)

    All courses offered for the minor must be taken for a letter grade. Failure to obtain prior approval of the program may result in denial of credit for the minor
    Completion of the minor requires 18 credits.
    1. SOC 264 Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
    2. 15 credits chosen from courses on the Middle East, of which at least nine credits must be upper-division. Courses to be distributed as follows:
    a. 12 credits in courses on the student's approved topic
    b. Three credits in a related course from another minor topic area in Middle Eastern studies

    Notes:
    1. Other courses may be substituted for SOC 264 with the permission of the director of the minor.
    2. Besides the required courses, it is strongly recommended that students take a year of language related to their chosen topic area.

    Sample Programs
    The following programs are suggested as examples only. Students should consult an advisor about other possibilities, such as Islamic studies, Middle Eastern history, or Semitic languages and linguistics. The courses indicated in parentheses are recommended language courses but are not required.

    Near Eastern Religions
    ANT 360 Ancient Mesopotamia
    JDH 230/RLS 230 Judaism
    JDH 320/RLS 320 The Rabbinic Tradition
    JDS 225/HIS 225 The Formation of the Judaic Heritage
    JDS 226/HIS 226 The Shaping of Modern Judaism
    AAS 280/RLS 280 Islam
    AAS 380/RLS 380 Islamic Classics
    SOC 264 Introduction to Middle Eastern Society
    SOC 386 State and Society in the Middle East
    ARB 111, ARB 112 Elementary Arabic or HBW 111, HBW 112 Elementary Hebrew

    Ancient Near East
    ANT 290 Science and Technology in Ancient Society
    ANT 358 Ways to Civilization
    ANT 360 Ancient Mesopotamia
    JDS 225/HIS 225 The Formation of the Judaic Heritage
    SOC 264 Introduction to Middle Eastern Society
    SOC 386 State and Society in the Middle East
    ARB 111, ARB 112 Elementary Arabic or HBW 111, HBW 112 Elementary Hebrew

    Middle Eastern Culture and Politics
    ANT 310 Ethnography (appropriate topic only)
    ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture (appropriate topic only)
    AAS 280/RLS 280 Islam
    AAS 380/RLS 380 Islamic Classics
    SOC 264 Introduction to Middle Eastern Society
    SOC 386 State and Society in the Middle East
    ARB 111, ARB 112 Elementary Arabic or  HBW 111, HBW 112 Elementary Hebrew

  • Sequence
  • Contact

    Middle Eastern Studies (MES)

    Minor in Middle Eastern Studies

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Director of the Minor: Robert Hoberman, Linguistics

    E-MAIL: Robert.Hoberman@stonybrook.edu

    Office:  S-213 Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone: (631) 632-7776

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