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Majors + North Africa and the Middle East

Anthropology + Encouraging students to become involved in ethnographic research and fieldwork while gaining a foundation in anthropology, the Department of Anthropology offers courses such as ANTH 327 Anthropology of the Middle East and Islam and ANTH 330 Culture, Gender and Politics in South Asia: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal.

Archaeology + Sponsored jointly by the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Classics, and Religion, archaeology focuses on North Africa and the Middle East through courses such as ANTH 311 Old World Archaeology and REL 394 Near Eastern and Mediterranean Archaeology.

Art History + The major in Art History provides opportunities to study culture through art with courses such as AHIS 376 Introduction to African Art and AHIS 201g Digging into the Past: Material Culture and the Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean.

Economics + Intertwining the complex economic theories with practical models to focus on North Africa and the Middle East, the Department of Economics offers such courses as ECON 322 Economic History and Modernization of the Middle East, ECON 342 Economic Development of the Middle East, and ECON 450 International Trade.

History + The history major explores the region exposing students to the roots of cultural identity and politics with courses like HIST 180 Introduction to Islamic Civilization, HIST 280 The Modern Middle East, and HIST 275The Worlds of the Silk Road.

International Relations + Providing a strong foundation in regional studies with courses like IR 362The International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East, IR 307 Contemporary International Politics, and IR 367 Africa in International Affairs, this major seeks to understand global developments in a rapidly changing world.

Judaic Studies + From the School of Religion and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the major in Judaic Studies, this major provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the Jewish history and tradition with courses such as REL 471 Jesus, REL 499 Special Topics: Women and the Islamic Tradition, and REL 315 Thought and Life of Islam.

Political Science + In courses such as 351 Middle East Politics, 366 Terrorism and Genocide, and 448ab The Politics of Peace, the major in Political Science, the Department of Political Science offers a robust opportunity to think seriously and rigorously about the politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

Religion + The School of Religion offers courses such as REL 112g Religions of Egypt and the Ancient Near East, REL 317Ancient Near Eastern Myth and Literature, and REL 316 Women & Islamic Tradition, to focus on the social and ethical contributions and implications of humankind's religious heritages in the Middle East and North Africa.

Problems Without Passports

Most, if not all, of the societal problems or challenges we face are transnational or global in nature. These problems like global climate change, pandemics or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are global challenges that do not belong to a single country. These are "problems without passports."


Study Abroad

USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers exciting and diverse opportunities to study abroad in 51 unique programs in 29 countries. Students are encouraged to integrate study abroad into their overall USC experience. Studying abroad offers an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth while gaining insight into other cultures, developing leadership skills, and networking for the future.