Minors available in the Middle East Studies Program:

Middle East Studies minor

Expand your academic and professional options with a minor in Middle East Studies.  Take five courses (20 units) which provide a broad introduction across disciplines or which address a particular historical period or theme.  No language is required for the minor.

To complete the minor, take:

  • HIST 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization; and

  • four upper division courses from the list below.

 

MDES 250: Persian IV*

MDES 252: Arabic IV*

MDES 312: Iran in the Middle Ages

MDES 313: Modern Iran

MDES 320: Advanced Persian I

MDES 322: Advanced Arabic I

MDES 324: Classical Persian Literature

MDES 325: Modern Persian Literature

MDES 333: Colloquial Arabic: Regional Dialects

MDES 334: Media Arabic

MDES 350: Advanced Persian II

MDES 352: Advanced Arabic II

MDES 454: Classical Arabic

MDES 461: Topics in Ancient Iranian Languages and Cultures

Many of the following courses are also cross-listed under MDES.

ANTH 327: Anthropology of the Middle East and Islam

ANTH 335: Comparative Muslim Societies

CLAS 349g: Ancient Empires

CLAS 360: Classical Arabic Literature in Translation

CLAS 378: Ptolemaic Egypt

ECON 322: Economic History and Modernization of the Middle East

ECON 342: Economic Development of the Middle East

FREN 448m: Islam in France [conducted in French]

HIST 324: Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 379: Arabs in America

HIST 382: The Middle East 500-1500

HIST 383: The Modern Middle East

HIST 384: Popular Culture in the Middle East

HIST 480: Seminar in Middle East History

IR 362: The International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East

IR 463: Islam and Arab Nationalism

IR 464: U.S. Policy Towards the Middle East: 1950 to the Present

JS 361: Scripture and Polemic in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

JS 378: Jewish Magic in the Ancient World

POSC: 351 Middle East Politics

POSC: 363 Middle East Political Economy

REL: 302 Religions of Ancient Egypt and the Near East

REL: 315 Thought and Life of Islam

REL: 316 Women and the Islamic Tradition

REL: 317 Ancient Near Eastern Myth and Literature

REL: 394 Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East

REL: 402 Cultural Heritage, Religion and Politics in the Middle East

REL: 414 History of Islamic Law

REL: 494 Lab Methods and Theories in Archaeology

 

*Counts as an upper division course.

 

Iranian Studies minor

In academic year 2013-2014, USC's Middle East Studies Program launched its new degree minor in Iranian Studies.

Courses on medieval and modern Iranian history and Persian literature and culture are being offered, in addition to the existing courses on Persian language and ancient Iranian languages.

Required courses, Lower Division:

     MDES 120: Persian I       4 Units

     MDES 150: Persian II      4 Units

     MDES 220: Persian III     4 Units

     MDES 250: Persian IV      4 Units

Some or all of these may be waived by placement examination.

 

Required Courses, Upper Division*

Four courses - 16 units from among the following:

MDES 320: Advanced Persian I                           4 Units

MDES 350: Advanced Persian II                          4 Units

MDES 349g: Ancient Empires                              4 Units

MDES 312: Iran in the Middle Ages                     4 Units

MDES 313:  Modern Iran                                    4 Units

MDES 324: Classical Persian Literature                4 Units

MDES 325: Modern Persian Literature                  4 Units

MDES 461: Topics in Ancient Iranian Languages and Cultures

One of these four may alternatively be chosen from the following list of existing upper-division courses that cover material relevant to Iran or which situate an aspect of Iran in a broader context.

ANTH 335: Comparative Muslim Societies

CLAS 360: Classical Arabic Literature in Translation

HIST 324: Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 382: The Middle East 500-1500

POSC: 351 Middle East Politics

REL: 315 Thought and Life of Islam

REL: 316 Women and the Islamic Tradition

REL: 414 History of Islamic Law

 

* Subject to Revision

Learning Objectives

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Advisement

Schedule an appointment with Cynthia Mata-Flores to choose courses for a Middle East minor which complement your major.

e-mail: cmflores@usc.edu

Phone: 213-740-3800

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