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Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Middle East Studies

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements48
Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major3
MDES 145. Middle Eastern TraditionsV3
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen specialty area0-10
Requirement 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 108. Jewish Mysticism, Magic and Folklore3
RELS 112. Topics in the Bible3
RELS 153. Jewish Cultures3
RELS 157. Islamic Cultures3
The Arts0
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 Science0
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 Politics3
RELS 156. Islam, Politics and the West3
WOMS 189. Islamic Perspectives on Gender3
University Electives17-30
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120