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Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern North African Studies

The School of Middle East and North African Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to instruction in the principal languages of the area (Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew), relevant courses are available in religion, political science, history, literature, geography, sociology, archeology, linguistics and architecture -- often in cooperation with the respective discipline department.

BA Tracks in Middle North African Eastern Studies

  1. Languages and Cultures
  2. Islamic and Middle Eastern Civilization
  3. Modern Middle East and North Africa

Students seek degrees in this department out of general interest in this part of the world, often with a view to government service, an academic career, a position in international business, or preparation for advanced study in this or other fields. The department, in close cooperation with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, facilitates opportunities for study in the Middle East.
 

Bachelor of Arts Core Requirements:

  1. Two years (or equivalent) of a Middle Eastern language in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish. See language policy
  2. Minimum 32 units in Middle Eastern Studies, not counting the first year of a Middle Eastern language. Courses with prefixes of ARB, MENA, PRS, TURK, or other prefix, provided it is cross listed with MENA.
  3. History of the Middle East: MENA 277A and MENA 277B
  4. MENA 498 Senior Capstone
  5. Courses as specified in your track, or area of concentration (see track links to the left)

 

BA Tracks

Languages and Cultures of the Middle East

Advising: Courses must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by a department advisor to be used toward this track.

Core Track Requirements:

The following requirements must be met for graduation.

Units Required and Cumulative GPA:
120 units are required at a 2.0 GPA

  1. SIX UNITS OF ADVANCED COURSEWORK in the chosen Middle Eastern Language. MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGE COURSES include ARB, PRS, TURK and JUS (offered through JUS).
  2. NINE ADDITIONAL UPPER-DIVISION UNITS, at least six of which must relate to the language and culture, and three of which need to be Writing Emphasis (consult with departmental advisor).

COURSE OPTIONS (NOTE: for CURRENT AVAILABLE course offerings and descriptions go to-- UA Online Schedule of Classes):

  • ARB 405 – Advanced Arabic I
  • ARB 406 – Advanced Arabic I
  • ARB 407 – Fourth Year Arabic I
  • ARB 408 – Fourth Year Arabic II
  • ARB/LING 426 -Introduction to Arabic Linguistics
  • ARB 439A – Introductory Egyptian Arabic
  • ARB 439B – Introductory Egyptian Arabic II
  • ARB/NES 448 -Arabic Literature in Translation. Fall 2010
  • ARB 495B –Readings in Classical Arabic Prose 
  • ARB 496B – Special topics in Arabic Studies
  • ARB 498 – Senior Capstone
  • ARB 499 – Independent Study
  • ARB 499H – Honors Independent Study
  • MENA/GEOG 311E: Geography of the Middle East
  • MENA/CLAS 343: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/JUS 348: Israeli Fiction and Poetry
  • MENA/RELI 365: Muslim Views of the West
  • MENA/HIST/JUS/RELI 372: History and Religion of Israel in Ancient Times.
  • MENA/ANTH 375: Ethnography of the Middle East
  • MENA/JUS/HIST/POL 377: Modern Israel
  • MENA/HIST 379: The Ottoman Turkish Empire. Spring 2010.
  • MENA/HIST 380: Into the Arab Spring
  • MENA/HIST 381A: History of Muslim Societies.
  • MENA/HIST 381B: History of Muslim Societies. 
  • MENA/JUS 382: Archaeology and the Bible
  • MENA/HIST/RELI 383: Religion and State in Islam. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/HIST/POL/RELI 385: Introduction to Political Islam.
  • MENA/ANTH/HIST/JUS/POL/RELI 389: Middle Eastern Ethnic and Religious Minorities
  • MENA/CLAS  400: Topics of Egyptology
  • MENA/HIST 402A: Economic History of the Islamic World.
  • MENA/ARC/ARH 403:  Art and archictecture in the Islamic world
  • MENA/MGMT 407: Business Environment of the Middle East and North Africa
  • MENA/ANTH/HIST/POL/RELI 408A: Islamic Movements in the Contemporary Muslim World.
  • MENA/JUS 409: Biblical Hebrew
  • MENA/ANTH/HIST/POL 417A: North African Societies
  • MENA/ANTH/LING 430A: Language and Society in the Middle East
  • MENA/JUS/RELI 435: Jewish Mysticism
  • MENA/JUS 438: The Book of Psalms. This course has not been scheduled.
  • MENA/POL 441: Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • MENA/RELI/HIST 444: Islamic Mysticism. Spring 2009.
  • MENA/GWS/HIST 445: Women in Islamic History.
  • MENA/CLAS 451: Ancient Egypt: Culture/Language
  • MENA/JUS 452: Israeli Women. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/JUS 453: Advanced Hebrew
  • MENA/LING 454: Structure of a Middle Eastern Language
  • MENA/JUS/HIST/RELI 456: Jews of the Islamic World in the Modern Period (1840-Present). Spring 2010
  • MENA/ANTH 459A: Turkey: Culture, Power, and History. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/GWS 463: Gender Issues and Women's Literature in the Middle East.
  • MENA/POL 465: International Politics of the Middle East
  • MENA/GEOG 466: The Middle Eastern City and Islamic Urbanism. Spring 2010
  • MENA/HIST 472: History of Medieval India.  Survey of Indian history from the 7th century to 1750. Fall 2010
  • MENA/HIST 473: History of Modern India and Pakistan: This course is not scheduled yet.
  • MENA/ANTH/CLAS 474: Archaeometry: Scientific Methods in Art and Archaeology.
  • MENA/HIST 479: The Ottoman Empire to 1800. 
  • MENA/HIST 480: The Middle East in the Twentieth Century.
  • MENA/HIST/POL 484: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1800 to Present. 
  • MENA/HIST 485: Social, Cultural and Political History of Iranian Plateau
  • MENA/CLAS/HIST/RELI 488: History of Byzantium. This course is not scheduled yet.
  • MENA/ANTH/GWS 490: Women in Middle Eastern Society.  Spring 2004.
  • MENA/HIST 495E: Struggle and Survival:
  • MENA/GWS/JOUR/JUS/HIST/RELI 496B,C,F,I,S,W:Special Topics in Near Eastern Studies.
  • MENA/LI/RELI 496G: Islamic Law and Society.
  • PRS 407: 4th Year Persian I
  • PRS 408 : 4th Year Persian II
  • PRS 496A:  Topics in Classical and Ancient Persian Literature and Culture
  • TRK 407: 4th Year Turkish I
  • TRK 408: 4th-Year Turkish II

 

Islamic and Middle Eastern Civilizations

Advising: Courses must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by a department advisor to be used toward this track.

Core Track Requirements:

  1. MENA/RELI 334, Islamic Thought (3 units)
  2. TWELVE ADDITIONAL UPPDER DIVISION UNITS, 
    at least nine of which must relate to Islamic and/or Middle Eastern history, culture or civilization, and three of which need to be Writing Emphasis (consult with the undergraduate advisor).

COURSE OPTIONS (NOTE: for CURRENT AVAILABLE course offerings and descriptions go to-- UA Online Schedule of Classes):

  • MENA/GEOG 311E: Geography of the Middle East
  • MENA/CLAS 343: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/JUS 348: Israeli Fiction and Poetry
  • MENA/RELI 365: Muslim Views of the West
  • MENA/GEOG 369: N/A
  • MENA/HIST/JUS/RELI 372: History and Religion of Israel in Ancient Times
  • MENA/ANTH 375: Ethnography of the Middle East
  • MENA/JUS/HIST/POL 377: Modern Israel
  • MENA/HIST 379: The Ottoman Turkish Empire. Spring 2010.
  • MENA/HIST 380: Into the Arab Spring
  • MENA/HIST 381A: History of Muslim Societies.
  • MENA/HIST 381B: History of Muslim Societies. 
  • MENA/HIST/RELI 383: Religion and State in Islam. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/HIST/POL/RELI 385:  Introduction to Political Islam
  • MENA/ANTH/HIST/JUS/POL/RELI 389: Middle Eastern Ethnic and Religious Minorities
  • MENA/CLAS  400: Topics of Egyptology
  • MENA/HIST 402A: Economic History of the Islamic World.
  • MENA/ARC/ARH 403:  Art and Archictecture in the Islamic world
  • MENA/MGMT 407: Business Environment of the Middle East and North Africa
  • MENA/ANTH/HIST/POL/RELI 408A: Islamic Movements in the Contemporary Muslim World.
  • MENA/JUS 409: Biblical Hebrew
  • MENA/ANTH/HIST/POL 417A: North African Societies
  • MENA/ANTH/LING 430A: Language and Society in the Middle East
  • MENA/JUS/RELI 435: Jewish Mysticism
  • MENA/JUS 438: The Book of Psalms. This course has not been scheduled.
  • MENA/POL 441: Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • MENA/RELI/HIST 444: Islamic Mysticism. Spring 2009.
  • MENA/GWS/HIST 445: Women in Islamic History.
  • MENA/ARB 448: Arabic Literature in Translation. Fall 2010
  • MENA/CLAS 451: Ancient Egypt: Culture/Language
  • MENA/JUS 452: Israeli Women. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/JUS 453: Advanced Hebrew
  • MENA/LING 454: Structure of a Middle Eastern Language
  • MENA/JUS/HIST/RELI 456: Jews of the Islamic World in the Modern Period (1840-Present). Spring 2010
  • MENA/ANTH 459A: Turkey: Turkey: Culture, Power, and History. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/GWS 463: Gender Issues and Women's Literature in the Middle East.
  • MENA/POL 465: International Politics of the Middle East
  • MENA/GEOG 466: The Middle Eastern City and Islamic Urbanism. Spring 2010
  • MENA/HIST 472: History of Medieval India.  Survey of Indian history from the 7th century to 1750. Fall 2010
  • MENA/HIST 473: History of Modern India and Pakistan:  This course is not scheduled yet.
  • MENA/ANTH/CLAS 474: Archaeometry: Scientific Methods in Art and Archaeology.
  • MENA/HIST 479: The Ottoman Empire to 1800.
  • MENA/HIST 480: The Middle East in the Twentieth Century.
  • MENA/HIST/POL 484: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1800 to Present. 
  • MENA/HIST 485: Social, Cultural and Political History of Iranian Plateau.
  • MENA/CLAS/HIST/RELI 488: History of Byzantium. This course has not yet been scheduled.
  • MENA/ANTH/GWS 490: Women in Middle Eastern Society.  Spring 2004.
  • MENA/HIST 495E: Struggle and Survival.
  • MENA/GWS/JOUR/JUS/HIST/RELI 496B,C,F,I,S,W:Special Topics in Near Eastern Studies.
  • MENA/LI/RELI 496G: Islamic Law and Society. 

Modern Middle East and North Africa

Advising: Courses must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, a departmental advisor to be used towards this track.

Core Track Requirements:

  1. MENA 334 Islamic Thought (3 units)
  2. TWELVE ADDITIONAL UPPER-DIVISION UNITS, at least nine of which must relate to the modern Middle East and North Africa

COURSE OPTIONS (NOTE: for CURRENT AVAILABLE course offerings and descriptions go to-- UA Online Schedule of Classes): 

  • MENA 311E Geography of the Middle East
  • MENA/CLAS 343: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/JUS 348: Israeli Fiction and Poetry
  • MENA 365: Muslim Views of the West
  • MENA/HIST/JUS/RELI 372: History and Religion of Israel in Ancient Times
  • MENA 375: Ethnography of the Middle East
  • MENA/JUS/HIST/POL 377: Modern Israel
  • MENA 379: Ottoman Turkish Empire
  • MENA/HIST 380: Into the Arab Spring
  • MENA 381B: History of Muslim Societies
  • MENA/JUS 382: Archaeology and the Bible
  • MENA/HIST/RELI 383: Religion and State in Islam. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/HIST 385 Intro to Political Islam
  • MENA 389: Middle Eastern Ethnic and Religious Minorities
  • MENA/CLAS  400: Topics of Egyptology
  • MENA 402A: Economic History of the Islamic World
  • MENA 403: Art & Arch Islamic World
  • MENA/MGMT 407: Business Environment of the Middle East and North Africa
  • MENA 408A:  Islamic Movements in the Contemporary Muslim World.
  • MENA/JUS 409: Biblical Hebrew
  • MENA 417A: North African Societies
  • MENA 430A: Language and Society in the Middle East
  • MENA/JUS/RELI 435: Jewish Mysticism
  • MENA/JUS 438: The Book of Psalms. This course has not been scheduled.
  • MENA/POL 441: Arab-Israeli Conflict.  
  • MENA 444: Islamic Mysticism
  • MENA 445: Women in Islamic History
  • MENA 448: Arabic Literature in Translation. Fall 2010
  • MENA/CLAS 451: Ancient Egypt: Culture/Language
  • MENA 452: Israeli Women. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA/JUS 453: Advanced Hebrew
  • MENA/LING 454: Structure of a Middle Eastern Language
  • MENA 456: Jews of the Islamic World in the Modern Period
  • MENA 459A: Turkey: Culture, Power, and History. This course has not been scheduled yet.
  • MENA 463: Gender Issues and Women’s Literature in the Middle East
  • MENA/POL 465: International Politics of the Middle East
  • MENA 466: The Middle Eastern City and Islamic Urbanism
  • MENA 470: Religious History of India
  • MENA 472: History of Medieval India
  • MENA 473:  History of Modern India and Pakistan
  • MENA/ANTH/CLAS 474: Archaeometry: Scientific Methods in Art and Archaeology.
  • MENA 479: The Ottoman Empire to 1800
  • MENA 480: Middle East in the 20th Century
  • MENA 484: Hist Arab/Israeli Conflict 1800- pres.
  • MENA 485A:  Social, Cultural and Political History of Iranian Plateau
  • MENA 485B: Social, Cultural and Political History of the Iranian Plateau: 7th century to the Present
  • MENA/CLAS/HIST/RELI 488: History of Byzantium. This course is not scheduled yet.
  • MENA 490: Women in Middle Eastern History
  • MENA 495E: Struggle and Survival: Modern Middle East and North Africa c. 1850-present
  • MENA 496B: Special Topics in Near Eastern Studies (Consult advisor for applicable courses)
  • MENA 496C: The Literature of Identity in the Middle East
  • MENA 496F: Media Coverage of International Crises
  • MENA 496G: Islamic Law and Society
  • MENA 496S: Colonialism and the Critique of Modernity
  • MENA 496W: Feminist Approaches to the Bible