Undergraduate Programs

Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies offers an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS). Students take courses through the Jackson School of International Studies and other departments on campus. The course of studies provides a student with a thorough grounding in the modern Middle East and a view of how this region fits into the world community politically, historically, and economically. To achieve this understanding, students take courses in the social sciences, humanities, and a Middle Eastern language.

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Minor in Middle East Studies

28-30 credits, to include the following:

  1. Two courses chosen from JSIS A 210/NEAR E 229 (5), JSIS A 215/NEAR E 232 (5), ANTH 318 (3), HSTAFM 161 (5), or HSTAFM 163 (5)
  2. 20 credits of electives chosen from the approved list (see below)
  3. Study of a Middle East language is encouraged, but not required.  A maximum of 5 credits in Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish language beyond the first-year level may be applied toward the 20 credits of approved electives.  No credits from any first-year language course may be counted.
  4. No more than 12 credits counted in the minor may also be counted toward requirements of a major
  5. Minimum of 15 credits of 300/400 level courses
  6. Minimum of 15 credits completed in residence at the UW Seattle campus
  7. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA required in courses applied to the minor

Master of Arts in Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies program offers a variety of courses. Courses on the economic development of the Middle East and advanced reading seminars on the region are given in the Jackson School. The Department of Political Science offers general courses about the government and politics of the Middle East as well as more specific offerings on theories of revolution in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Faculty members in the Department of History also offer general courses on regional history and more specific courses on the expansion of Islam, the modern Middle East, and Ottoman history.

In addition to the social science-history focus, students must take courses beyond the second-year level in a Middle Eastern language. The four major Middle Eastern languages – Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish – are taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. Through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, students may take courses in Islamic civilization, Islamic philosophy, Islamic law and jurisprudence, and the Quran.

Students may combine their work on a masters degree in Middle East Studies with study in a professional school. The student may count two courses taken in the graduate schools of Business Administration, Library and Information Science, Public Affairs, or the School of Law toward the MAIS degree. In the same manner, students may apply two non-Middle East courses from a social science discipline toward the degree.

See the Master of Arts page for Degree and Admission requirements

JSIS & Affiliate Middle East Studies Faculty

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Middle East Studies Courses

Quarterly Course Lists

Middle East Studies Minor Electives

Area Courses

JSIS A 101/NEAR E 315 Israel in Global Context (5)
*JSIS A 210/NEAR E 229 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (5)
*JSIS A 215/NEAR E 232 Introduction to the Modern Middle East (5)
JSIS A 402 Middle East in the Modern World (5)
JSIS A 457 Current Issues in the Arab Media (5)
JSIS A 465 International Humanitarian Law (5)
JSIS B 406/POL S 432 Political Islam (5)
JSIS B 407 Islamist Movements (5)
JSIS C 145 Introduction to Judaism (5)
JSIS C 205/NEAR E285 Religion, Violence, and Peace (5)
JSIS C 211/NEAR E 230 Islam (5)
JSIS C 212/NEAR E 231 Introduction to the Quran (5)
JSIS 478 Special Topics: Global (1-5) (when topic is Middle East)
JSIS 487 Special Topics: Middle East (1-5)
*ANTH 318 Islam and Middle East Culture (3)
*HSTAFM 161 Survey of the Muslim Near East (5)
*HSTAFM 163 The Modern Middle East (5)
HSTAFM 261 The Crusades: Middle East Perspective (5)
HSTAFM 268 War in the Modern Middle East (5)
HSTAFM 361 Middle East History, 1453-1800 (5)
HSTAFM 461 History of Middle East Since 1789 (5)
NEAR E 242 Cultural History of Turkey (5)
NEAR E 310 Modern Near East Literature in Translation (3)
NEAR E 326 Israeli Identities (5)
NEAR E 402 Classical Arabic Literature in Translation (3)
NEAR E 403 Modern Arabic Novel (3)
NEAR E 410 Middle East Through Cinema (3)
NEAR E 425 Current Trends in Modern Near East Literature (3)
POL S 321 American Foreign Policy (5)
POL S 325 Arab Israeli Conflict (5)
POL S 368/LSJ 320 International Human Rights (5)
POL S 407 International Conflict (5)

*if not taken for requirement #1

Language Courses (a maximum of 5 credits may be counted)

ARAB  All courses numbered 421 or above
HEBREW  All courses in Modern Hebrew numbered 421 or above
PERSAN  All courses numbered 421 or above
TKISH  All courses numbered 421 or above