Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Middle East Studies

Curriculum Requirements for the First Two Years

Elliott School students should attempt to address the following curriculum requirements in their freshman and sophomore years. Consult the Elliott School Undergraduate General Requirements before choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Information on credit by examination or waiving curriculum requirements is available from academic advisors in the Elliott School.

As a basis for all bachelor of arts programs in the Elliott School, students take the following:

IAFF 1005Introduction to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I *
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II *
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics *
HIST 1011World History, 1500-Present **
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology *
or GEOG 1001 Introduction to Human Geography
UW 1020University Writing *
One course in mathematics ***
One course in science (lab required) ***
Humanities/Creative Arts (9 credits of humanities or 6 credits of humanities plus 3 credits of creative arts courses) ***
Third-year proficiency in a modern foreign language ***

*These courses may satisfy parts of the University General Education Requirement.
** While HIST 1011 satisfies the University General Education Requirement in humanities, it does not meet the Elliott School's school-specific requirement for humanities/creative arts. A list of courses that fulfill the humanities and creative arts requirements can be found online.
***Additional university- and school-specific general education courses are required for all Elliott School undergraduates. A list of the courses that fulfill the quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, humanities and /or creative arts requirements can be found on the Elliott School Undergraduate Programs website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

A list of designated courses that fulfill major requirements is at the Middle East Studies major webpage. With approval of the advisor or program director, pertinent Special Topics or other courses may be taken in place of those listed.

Required courses for the major:
IAFF 2040Basic Topics in International Affairs (Middle East) (as a foundation course)
Two of the following:
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C
HIST 2804History of Ancient Israel
HIST 3060Modern Jewish History
HIST 3801Topics in Middle Eastern History
HIST 3810History of the Middle East to 1800
HIST 3811The Middle East in the Twentieth-Century
Two of 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
Two of the following:
REL 1009The Hebrew Scriptures
REL 2211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 2401Islam
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
REL 3431Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3481Women in Islam
One of the following:
ECON 2136Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECON 2151Economic Development
ECON 2180Survey of International Economics
ECON 2181
ECON 2182
International Trade Theory and Policy
and International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
One of the following literature courses:
ARAB 3501Arabic and Arab Identity
ARAB 4001Genres in Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 4002Arabic Narratives Through the Ages
HEBR 4001
HEBR 4002
Advanced Hebrew Literature I
and Advanced Hebrew Literature II
Two additional courses related to the Middle East from any discipline, selected in consultation with the program director
A research methods course and a regional foundation course on a region other than the student’s major
Completion of third-year–level language proficiency in one of the following:
ARAB 3301Modern Arabic Literature
ARAB 3302Media Arabic
ARAB 3311Business Arabic
HEBR 3301Modern Hebrew Fiction
or HEBR 3302 The Israeli Media
PERS 3002Media Persian