Middle East Studies Program
The Middle East Studies Program is committed to helping students gain a better knowledge and understanding of the peoples, cultures, religions and conflicts of this strategic part of the world. The Middle East, as the historical home of the three Western monotheistic religious traditions - and the earlier goddess religions - leads the student to appreciate the origins, development and contemporary practice of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Study of the region is critical to the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and global political economy.
The program provides a forum for dialogue on contemporary and historical issues of concern to the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. The program also provides background for students whose professional goals include the promotion of mutual understanding, tolerance and peace in the region. The Middle East minor is especially recommended to students seeking a career in international law, business, economic development, health care, education or religious studies. Courses encompass the disciplines of art history, anthropology, business, foreign languages, history, humanities, literature, political science, sociology and religious studies. All students are encouraged to seek both an interdisciplinary and a multicultural understanding of the region.