Minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies

The Schools of Modern Language, History and Sociology, and International Affairs offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS). This interdisciplinary minor connects studies of the regions and countries in the Middle East and/or North Africa—their languages, their cultures, and their peoples, both concurrently in their national and international relationships as well as longitudinally over the course of history. This minor is designed for undergraduates who will enter a wide range of careers that can lead directly or indirectly to interactions with the people, the social organizations and businesses, and governments of the Middle East and/or North Africa, both abroad and here in the U.S., especially in terms of the critical technological, social, and policy decisions facing the world today.


Total credit hours: 15

Language Proficiency:

A minimum proficiency of ARBC or PERS at least equivalent to the 2002 course-level in these languages. This can be achieved by:

  • Completing ARBC 2002 or PERS 2002 with a minimum grade of C
  • Completing an Oral Proficiency Interview with a proficiency of ARBC/PERS 2002 or higher with the ARBC or PERS coordinator
  • Achieving an International Baccalaureate high level exam credit in ARBC with a score of 5 or higher

Approved Courses:

All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis and a grade of C or better must be received in each course. A maximum of 6 hours of Special Topics are allowed. No more than three hours of coursework can be completed at another university, and the advisor must approve the course.

Select six credits from the following list of courses:

  • ARBC 1501: Introduction to Arab Society and Culture
  • ARBC 2001: Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARBC 2002: Intermediate Arabic II
  • ARBC 2813/2823/2833: Special Topics
  • PERS 2000-level courses (PERS 2001 & 2002 pending approval)
  • HTS 2040: History of Islamic Societies
  • HTS 2041: History of the Modern Middle East
  • INTA 2260: Government, Politics, and Society of the Middle East

Select nine credits from the following list of courses:

  • ARBC 3001: Advanced Arabic I
  • ARBC 3002: Advanced Arabic II
  • ARBC 3813/4813: Special Topics
  • HTS 3051: Women and Gender in the Middle East 
  • HTS 4061: Seminar in Asian History*
  • HTS 4091: Seminar in Global Issues*
  • INTA 3260: Middle East Relations
  • INTA 3813/3823/3833/4823/4833/4813/4814/4815*
  • FREN 3000 or 4000-level courses*

*Must have approval from the MENAS advisor. Sufficient course content must relate to the Middle East and/or North Africa.