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Today, more than ever before, Middle East politics have become intertwined with American politics and the lives of many Americans. The minor is designed to equip undergraduates with a firm multidisciplinary grounding in the region, its history, and its international relations.


Amireh, Bakhash, Bryant, Butler, Dakake, Gopin, Haddad (director), Hamdani, Katz, Lukacs, Mandaville, Paczynska, Rouhana, Salawdeh


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: MES

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

In partial fulfillment of coursework for the minor, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in the Middle East. 

Core Courses

HIST 282Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)3
GOVT 332Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa3
Total Credits6


Select four electives from the following: 112
Major Arab Writers/Stories (Mason Core)
Reading and Conversation I
Reading and Conversation II
Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western (if region studied is relevant to Middle East studies)
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Global Voices (Mason Core) (if literatures studied are relevant to Middle East studies)
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Non-Western Political Theory
Islam and Politics
Human Rights
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (if region studied is relevant to Middle East studies)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Religions of the West (Mason Core)
Islamic Thought (Mason Core)
Qur'an and Hadith
Total Credits12

One course in a relevant language may be used as an elective. Other courses including ANTH 399 Issues in Anthropology or CONF 399 Special Topics in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, when topic is relevant to the Middle East, may be used as electives with the prior written approval of the director.