Dual Master’s Degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Public Administration (60 units)
The minimum number of units required to earn dual master’s degrees in Near Eastern Studies and Public Administration is 60 (18 from MENAS, 30 from Public Policy, and 12 units that are shared between the two). You must complete all 24 units of the MPA core (which can be found here), the Capstone course (PA 594, to be taken during the final Spring semester prior to graduation), and an Internship (to be shared with LAS internship).
MENAS - 18 units (unique)
12 units core
MENA 595D Methods (3 units)
MENA History (3 units)
MENA Islamic Studies (3 units)
MENA Gender Studies (3 units)
6 units (electives)
Note: Can be any courses offered through the Department of MENAS
Public Administration - 30 units (unique)
18 units core
PA 501 Public Organization Theory (3 units)
PA 503 Politics, Policy and Public Management (3 units)
PA 505 Methods for Program Evaluation (3 units)
PA 508 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (3 units)
PA 500 Economics for Public Policy (3 units)
PA 552 Statistical Decision Making (3 units)
6 units practicums (chose two)
PA 597A Public and Nonprofit Management Information Systems (3 units)
PA 597G Grant Writing (3 units)
PA 597H Public and Nonprofit Human Resources Management (3 units)
6 units internship
MENAS and Public Administration - 12 units (shared)
(At least 9 from MENAS for MPA concentration)
MENA 580 Middle East in the 20th century (3 units)
MENA 502A Economic History of the Islamic World (3 units)
MENA 596B Islamic Movements (3 units)
MENA 541 Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 units)
MENA 584 History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1800 to Present (3 units)
MENA 594 SISMEC Practicum
MENA 696Y Nationalism and Islam (3 units)
PA 506 Bureaucracy, Politics, and Policy (3 units)
PA 535 International Management (3 units)
PA 581 Environmental Policy (3 units)
PA 519 Governance, Security, State Formation and Terrorism (3 units)
PA 579 Intelligence and US National Security (3 units)
PA 587 US National Security and the Use of Covert Action (3 units)
Total: 60 units
Admission to the Dual Degree Program Students must apply to, and be accepted by, both MENAS and the School of Government and Public Policy to qualify for admission to the dual degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two unites will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted to both programs, and has indicated that he/she wishes to earn dual degrees.
Language Requirements: Students must achieve third-year language proficiency in one of the Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish). The Arabic language requirement can be fulfilled either by three years of Modern Standard Arabic or two years of Modern Standard Arabic and one year of Dialect. If a student enters the program at the third-year proficiency, they must take either 6 units of that language at the advanced level or 6 units of a second Near Eastern language. Additionally students must demonstrate a reading ability in either German or French. This can be fulfilled by previous course work or by passing a Reading for German or French course.
Thesis: Only MENAS requires a thesis. By the end of the second semester, students must assemble a thesis committee of three faculty members, one of who will serve as the thesis adviser. Two committee members must come from the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and one must come from the School of Government and Public Policy. Both Directors of Graduate Studies in each program must approve the committee.
Fees: While completing MENAS requirements, students will not pay SGPP program fees. However, students will be required to take the SGPP core classes during one academic year and will be charged SGPP fees during this year.
List of Potential Shared Courses
MENA 502A - Economic History of the Islamic World (3 units)
An introduction to the economic history of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present day. Graduate-level requirements include additional readings, lead one class discussion by presenting an analysis of the readings, preparing a written outline and discussion questions, and to use primary historical sources in their papers.
MENA 541 - Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 units)
Traces the birth and growth of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 with particular attention to the internal impediments to conflict resolution on both the Arab and Israeli sides. Also surveys the role of the Great Powers in Middle East politics generally. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper.
MENA 580 - The Middle East in the Twentieth Century (3 units)
The modern Middle East in the age of imperialism, world wars, state formation, decolonization, and Islamic resistance. Graduate-level requirements include additional readings on selected topics and an extensive research paper.
MENA 584 - History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1800 to Present (3 units)
Origins of Zionism, and Palestinian and other Arab nationalisms from the nineteenth century and the post-1948 Arab-Israel state conflict in the Cold War era. Graduate-level requirements include additional readings and an extensive research paper.
MENA 596B - Islamic Movements in the Contemporary Muslim World (3 units)
Seminar course tracing Islamic revival movements throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Course analyzes the different types of movements, their philosophical development and respective relations with governments.
MENA 596B- A Political and Economic History of Iraq (3 units)
The course will look at the 20th century economic and political history of Iraq, looking particularly at the destruction and reconstruction of social, political and economic infrastructure. Readings will provide the basic chronologic historical development, beginning with World War I and ending with the second Gulf War of 2003 and its aftermath. In between, students will be exposed to the numerous attempts by both indigenous and outside leaders to vie for political and economic power through the construction or destruction of physical and societal infrastructure.
MENA 596B- Shi’ism (3 units)
This seminar explores the rich legal, theological and political traditions of Shiism. After a brief survey of Zaydi and Isma’ili Shiism, it focuses on Twelver (or Imami) Shi’ism. Students will be introduced to a variety of classical and modern Twelver Shi’I scholars.
MENA 596M- Modernization of Arab Culture (3 units)
No current class description.
MENA 696Y - Nationalism and Islam (3 units)
Theory and research methods seminar exploring political identity formation in the Arab Mid East 19th Century to present especially culture of secular nationalism in the first part of the 20th century and political Islam in the late 20th century. Students will prepare major research paper.
PA 506 - Bureaucracy, Politics, and Policy (3 units)
Description and analysis of the executive branch of government: how federal agencies capture policy-making; why bureaucracy develops; the rules of bureaucratic culture; who controls the administrative branch. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper.
PA 519 - Governance, Security, State Formation and Terrorism (3 units)
This course addresses how the formation of the state has been affected by war and will be increasingly affected by more modern security concerns such as terrorism. Graduate-level requirements include reading three additional documents and critically reviewing them as instructed.
PA 535 - International Management (3 units)
Broaden perspectives on globalizing business and international integration. Enhance analytical and communication skills in approaching and resolving international issues.
PA 579 - Intelligence and US National Security (3 units)
Overview of the role of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national security policy. Will include a detailed look at challenges facing both the analysis of intelligence information and the introduction of that analysis into the national security policy process. Will also entail close reading and discussion of selected declassified intelligence documents. Graduate-level requirements include Huerer, Richards J. 1999. Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, CSI. Selected articles and declassified intelligence documents: TBD.
PA 581 - Environmental Policy (3 units)
Role of government in management of energy, natural resources and environment; process and policy alternatives; special attention to the Southwest. Graduate-level requirements include additional readings and a substantial research paper of at least 25 pages in length.
PA 587 - US National Security and the Use of Covert Action (3 units)
This course is intended to familiarize students with the basic purposes and nature of US covert action and to help them understand its historical development. More fundamentally, the course will seek to illustrate both covert actions' potential utility and its inherent limitations and challenges; challenges that in some respects have intensified with the rise of non-state actors, the information revolution, and other aspects of the post-Cold War environment. Finally, the course will draw implications for the role of covert action against current national security challenges, especially global terror networks. Graduate-level requirements include a 15-page research paper examining a particular challenge facing covert action. In-class participation accounts for 15 percent of the grade.
PA 603J – Sustainability and Environmental Policy (3 units)
Over the past twenty years "sustainability" (or "sustainable development") has emerged as a central goal of environmental policy making. Contemporary tools of environmental policy including ecosystem management, adaptive management, and restoration have been displaced by what seems like a clearer goal that captures ends as well as means. Sustainability has moved from the work of scholars and activists to laws and administrative regulations. The language of sustainability has extended to the world of business and commerce.