Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Middle East Studies

General Requirements

Elliott School bachelor's degrees engage students with global issues through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Students begin their studies in the first year with foundational courses in political science, economics, history, and anthropology or geography. They supplement these courses with others in the traditional liberal arts categories of writing, natural or physical science, mathematics or statistics, and the humanities/creative arts, plus two writing in the disciplines courses. Foreign language study also is emphasized early in each program to enable students to satisfy the third-year language proficiency requirement of the bachelor's degree in a timely manner. 

Introduction to the major

Prerequisite core (19 credits)
Required
The following courses must be taken in the first year. With the exception of ECON 1011 (fall) and ECON 1012 (spring), courses may be taken in fall or spring. IAFF 1001 is not required for internal or external transfer students.
IAFF 1001First-Year Experience
IAFF 1005Introduction to International Affairs
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
HIST 1011World History, 1500-Present
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
One of the following (not required in the first year):
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
GEOG 1001Introduction to Human Geography
With advisor approval, a student may select another introductory social science course if s/he can demonstrate why it is relevant to the student's academic pursuits. Examples of courses that might be accepted include ANTH 1004, GEOG 1003.

Supporting courses in the liberal arts

Writing (10 credits)
Writing requirements are established by the University Writing Program. Students must complete UW 1020 in their first year before enrolling in a Writing in the Discipline (WID) course for WID credit. The two required WID courses should be taken in the student's major, minor, or a related field, and must be completed in separate semesters to receive WID credit. WID courses are designated in this Bulletin with a "W" appended to the course number, e.g., HIST 2340W.
Required
UW 1020University Writing
Two WID courses (6 credits)
Mathematics or statistics (3 credits)
MATH courses numbered 1051 and above require a placement test. Credit for only one of the following MATH courses may be applied toward a degree: MATH 1221, MATH 1231, or MATH 1252. Credit for only one of the following STAT courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, STAT 1111, or STAT 1127. STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Mathematics requirement and the Research Methods requirement (see “Major Requirements.”)
One of the following:
MATH 1007Mathematics and Politics
MATH 1009Mathematical Ideas I
MATH 1010Mathematical Ideas II
MATH 1051Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences
MATH 1221Calculus with Precalculus II
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 1252Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
Science (3 to 4 credits), lab required
One of the following:
ANTH 1001Biological Anthropology
ANTH 3412Hominin Evolution
ASTR 1001Stars, Planets, and Life in the Universe
ASTR 1002Origins of the Cosmos
BISC 1005The Biology of Nutrition and Health
BISC 1006The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms
BISC 1007Food, Nutrition, and Service
BISC 1008Understanding Organisms through Service Learning
BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory
BISC 1116
BISC 1126
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
CHEM 1003Contemporary Science for Nonscience Majors
CHEM 1004Contemporary Science for Nonscience Majors
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
CHEM 2151Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2152Organic Chemistry II
GEOG 1002Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOL 1001Physical Geology
GEOL 1002Historical Geology
GEOL 1005Environmental Geology
HONR 1033Honors Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
HONR 1034Honors Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
PHYS 1003Physics for Future Presidents
PHYS 1007Music and Physics
PHYS 1011General Physics I
PHYS 1012General Physics II
PHYS 1021University Physics I
PHYS 1022University Physics II
PHYS 1025University Physics I with Biological Applications
PHYS 1026University Physics II with Biological Applications
Humanities/creative Arts (9 credits)*
This requirement can be satisfied by completing 9 credits in humanities courses, or 6 credits in humanities courses and 3 credits in creative arts courses.
Humanities—two or three of the following:
Any Art History (AH) course except AH 4199.
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
Any non-language Classical Studies (CLAS) course.
Any Film Studies (FILM) course.
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Dissent: A Study in Memoirs)
MUS 1103Music in the Western World
MUS 1104Topics in Music
MUS 1105Introduction to Musical Thought and Practice
MUS 1107Music of the World
MUS 1108History of Jazz
MUS 2101Harmony
MUS 2105Introduction to Ethnomusicology
MUS 2106Music History III: Twentieth-Century Art Traditions
MUS 2122Music in the U.S.
MUS 2123Musical Cultures of Black Americans
MUS 2174Introduction to Jazz Harmony
MUS 2661Electronic and Computer Music I
MUS 2662Electronic and Computer Music II *
MUS 3126Music History I: Antiquity through Early Baroque
MUS 3127Music History II: The Tonal Era
MUS 3139Form and Analysis
MUS 3174Topics in Music Theory and Composition
MUS 3175Topics in Music History and Literature
Any Philosophy (PHIL) course except PHIL 2045 and PHIL 3121.
Any Religion (REL) course.
TRDA 1015Understanding the Dance
TRDA 1020Women and the Creative Process
TRDA 1025Understanding the Theatre
TRDA 2185Trends in Performance
TRDA 2191Dance History
TRDA 2240Play Analysis
TRDA 3245History of the Theatre I
TRDA 3246History of the Theatre II
Literature and film classes in the Departments of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; English; and Romance, German, Slavic Languages and Literatures also fulfill this requirement.
Creative Arts—a maximum of 3 credits from the following:
ENGL 1210Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2460Fiction Writing
ENGL 2560Intermediate Fiction Writing
ENGL 3390Topics in Creative Writing
Any Fine Arts (FA) course.
Non-ensemble performance study (MUS) courses, including:
MUS 1101Elements of Music Theory
MUS 1102Comprehensive Musicianship I
MUS 1106Introduction to Musical Performance and Experience
MUS 2102Comprehensive Musicianship II
MUS 2134Composition
MUS 2173Comprehensive Musicianship for Jazz
MUS 4184Advanced Composition
Performance Study Courses (TRDA), including:
TRDA 1035Theatre Production
TRDA 1151Beginning/Intermediate Ballet
TRDA 1152Beginning Modern/Postmodern Dance
TRDA 1153Beginning/Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance
TRDA 1170
TRDA 1171
Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance I
and Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 1214Beginning Acting
TRDA 1330Basics of Production Design
TRDA 2160Intermediate Ballet
TRDA 2172Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 2173Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 2179Contact Improvisation
TRDA 2180Movement Improvisation/Performance
TRDA 2192Repertory/Performance
TRDA 2193
TRDA 2194
Dance Styles I
and Dance Styles II
TRDA 2215Intermediate Acting
TRDA 2250Dramatic Writing
TRDA 2339Theatre Practicum
TRDA 3174Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 3175Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 3182
TRDA 3183
Dance Composition I
and Dance Composition II
TRDA 3186Embodied Kinesis for Dance
TRDA 3222Topics in Advanced Acting
TRDA 3240Introduction to Dramaturgy
TRDA 3250Intermediate Dramatic Writing
TRDA 3331Introduction to Lighting
TRDA 3332Theatrical Makeup Design
TRDA 3333Stage Management
TRDA 3335Introduction to Scene Design
TRDA 3336Introduction to Costuming
TRDA 4184Choreography and Performance
TRDA 4275Directing for the Theatre
TRDA 4338Scene Painting
*Some MUS and TRDA courses may be repeated for credit. Consult course descriptions in this Bulletin for additional information. All courses must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill this requirement. Courses taken Pass/No Pass are not accepted.
**Note that MUS 2661 is a prerequisite to MUS 2662.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Elliott School of International Affairs, Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all major requirement courses, to include the last course used to prove third-year proficiency in a modern regional language .

If a student wishes to take any course not listed here, prior approval of the Program Director is required.

Major requirements

Foundation (3 credits)
IAFF 2040Basic Topics in International Affairs (Middle East: An International Affairs Survey)
Foreign language (credits vary)
Students must demonstrate third-year proficiency in a modern foreign languages (Arabic, Hebrew or Persian) by examination or coursework. Additional information regarding the Elliott School foreign language examinations is available from the academic advisor.
Arabic
One of the following two options:
Option one
ARAB 1001Beginning Arabic I
ARAB 1002Beginning Arabic II
ARAB 2001Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 2002Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 3001Advanced Arabic
and one of the following courses:
ARAB 3301Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 3302Media Arabic
ARAB 3311Business Arabic
or
Option two
ARAB 1201Intensive Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 1202Intensive Elementary Arabic II
ARAB 2201Intensive Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 3201Intensive Intermediate Arabic II
and one of the following courses:
ARAB 3301Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 3302Media Arabic
ARAB 3311Business Arabic
Hebrew
HEBR 1001Beginning Hebrew I
HEBR 1002Beginning Hebrew II
HEBR 2001Intermediate Hebrew I
HEBR 2002Intermediate Hebrew II
HEBR 3001Hebrew Conversation and Writing
and one of the following courses:
HEBR 3301Modern Hebrew Fiction
HEBR 3302The Israeli Media
Persian
PERS 1001Beginning Persian I
PERS 1002Beginning Persian II
PERS 2001Intermediate Persian I
PERS 2002Intermediate Persian II
PERS 3001Advanced Persian
PERS 3002Media Persian

 Regional Foundations

One course from the following in any region except the Middle East.

Africa
ANTH 3708Anthropology of Africa
ECON 2198Special Topics in Economics - Regional (Economics of Africa)
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
HIST 3501Topics: Africa (African History Since 1880)
HIST 3530Women in Africa
HIST 3540West Africa to Independence
IAFF 2093Africa: Problems and Prospects (North Africa and the World)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (North Africa and the World)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Rising Africa and the World)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (International Relations in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Religion in Africa)
IAFF 3189Special Topics in African Studies (Transnational Justice in Africa)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (China and Africa) *
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (Women and Leadership in Africa)
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2482African International Politics
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Comparative Politics of Africa) *
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Development Challenges in Africa) *
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Government and Politics of Africa) *
Asia
ANTH 3703Cultures of the Pacific
ANTH 3704Cultures of Southeast Asia
ANTH 3705Anthropology of East Asia
ANTH 3791Topics in Regional Anthropology
ECON 2198Special Topics in Economics - Regional (East Asian Economies)
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
HIST 3640History of Southeast Asia
HIST 3650Modern South Asia, 1750-Present
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Development Issues in Southeast Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (History and Politics of South Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Indo-Pacific Security Challenges)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Memory and Reconciliation: Asia)
IAFF 3186Special Topics in Asian Studies (Politics and Conflict of South Asia)
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia)
PSC 2369Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2373Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
PSC 3192WProseminar: Political Science (Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia)
Europe and Eurasia
HIST 1121The War of Ideas in European and International History, 1750-Present
HIST 2125Twentieth-Century Europe
HIST 3126European Integration: A History
HIST 3178The Making of the Modern Balkans
IAFF 2092Russia and Eastern Europe: An Introduction
IAFF 2094Europe: International and Domestic Interactions
IAFF 3185Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 3185Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 3185Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union and Russia)
IAFF 4191WResearch Seminar (Europe)
PSC 2330Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332European Integration
PSC 2994Special Topics in International Relations (International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe)
Latin America
ANTH 3702Anthropology of Latin America
ECON 2185Economic History and Problems of Latin America
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
HIST 3701Topics in Latin American History (Latin America and the World Since 1820)
HIST 3711History of Latin America II
IAFF 2090Latin America: Problems and Promise
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Central American and Caribbean Perspectives)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America)
PSC 2383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2484International Relations of Latin America
Middle East
ANTH 3707Anthropology of the Middle East
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
HIST 3801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Gender and the Middle East)
HIST 3811The Emergence of the Modern Middle East
IAFF 2040Basic Topics in International Affairs (Middle East: An International Affairs Survey)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Arab Politics)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Challenges and Change in the Middle East)
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Politics and Culture in the Middle East)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Militaries and Politics in the Middle East)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Political Islam)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Security Issues in the Greater Middle East)
IAFF 3188Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Policy in the Gulf)
IAFF 4191Research Seminar (Political Islam)
PSC 2377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2478International Relations of the Middle East
Research methods
One course (3 credits) pertaining to qualitative or quantitative social science research methods from the following:
ANTH 3531Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
ECON 2123Introduction to Econometrics
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 2105Techniques of Spatial Analysis
IAFF 2040Basic Topics in International Affairs (International Affairs Research Methods)
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSC 2102Visualizing and Modeling Politics
PSYC 2101Research Methods in Psychology
PUBH 3131Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health (Qualitative Research Methods)
SOC 2101Social Research Methods
SOC 2111Field Research
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics *
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science *
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I *
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II
*Credit for only one of the following courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, STAT 1111, or STAT 1127.
STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Math requirement and the research methods requirement.
Middle Eastern Literature (3 credits)
One course from the following:
AH 3113Islamic Art and Architecture
ARAB 3501Arabic and Arab Identity
ARAB 3502Arab Film and Culture in English
ARAB 4001Genres in Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 4002Arabic Narratives Through the Ages
HEBR 3101Modern Hebrew Literary Classics
HEBR 3102Israeli Society and Culture: Literary Perspectives
HEBR 3301Modern Hebrew Fiction (If not being used toward third-year language proficiency requirement)
or HEBR 3301W Modern Hebrew Fiction
HEBR 4001Advanced Hebrew Literature I
REL 3432Persian Sufi Literature East and West
Multi-disciplinary Core (21 credits)
The following lists are not exhaustive and new courses may be added at any time. Contact the Director of the Middle East Studies program for approval to count a course not listed toward one of these requirements.
History (6 credits)
Two courses from the following:
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
HIST 2804History of Ancient Israel
HIST 3810History of the Middle East to 1800
HIST 3811The Emergence of the Modern Middle East
HIST 3830History of Iraq
Economics (3 credits)
One course from the following:
ECON 2136Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECON 2151Economic Development
ECON 2180Survey of International Economics
ECON 2181 International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 2182International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
Political Science (6 credits)
Two courses from the following:
PSC 2377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 2478International Relations of the Middle East
Religion (6 credits)
Two courses from the following:
REL 2401Islam
REL 3405Shi'ite Islam
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
REL 3425Islamic Political Thought
REL 3431Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)
REL 3432Persian Sufi Literature East and West
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3481Women in Islam
REL 3990Selected Topics in Religion (Law and Diplomacy in the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean.)
Related Coursework (6 credits)
Two courses related to the Middle East from any discipline, including International Affairs (IAFF), selected with the approval of the Middle East Studies program director.
Study abroad
Students are encouraged to study in the Middle East through one of GW's formal partnerships with a regional university or an approved self-designed study abroad program.