Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Middle East Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major6
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
MDES 145. Middle Eastern TraditionsV3
Requirements of the Major40
Core Courses10
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's Think About It3
HUM 160. Seminar in Special Topics3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
Comparative Courses12
Complete four courses from:
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
HUM 119A. Interdisciplinary Studies of Antiquity3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
RELS 130. Psychology and Religious Experience3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Major Electives18
Two courses from each of the following areas:
ENGL 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature3
RELS 070A. Western ReligionsC23
RELS 090. Bible History and LiteratureC23
RELS 108. Jewish Mysticism, Magic and Folklore3
RELS 112. Topics in the Bible3
RELS 153. Jewish Cultures3
RELS 157. Islamic Cultures3
The Arts6
ARTH 152. Visual Culture and Jewish Identity3
ARTH 183A. Art of Egypt and Mesopotamia3
ARTH 183B. Art of Islam-Early Islam to the Seljuks3
ARTH 183C. Art of Islam 13th-19th Century3
Social Science6
HIST 106. History of the Holy Land3
HIST 115. Ancient Near East3
HIST 118. Byzantine World to 14533
HIST 154. Global Jewish History3
POLS 144. Middle Eastern Politics4
RELS 156. Islam, Politics and the West3
WOMS 189. Islamic Perspectives on Gender3
University Electives30
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen area0-10
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120