Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor

According to the Modern Language Association (MLA) the study of foreign language is booming in the US, yet only 1% study "critical languages" despite the growing needs of such skills for US national security agencies. Demand for Arabic and the study of the Arab world grew by 126.5% from 2002-2006 according to the MLA study, and again by 46.3% between 2006-2009. Over 400 million people speak Arabic in the world and 1.8 billion of the world's population identifies as Muslim. Students who complete a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies will make themselves more marketable nationally and internationally, as the minor is interdisciplinary and reflects knowledge of a Middle Eastern language as well as the politics, history and religions of the Middle East and North Africa and/or the greater Islamic world. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the US continues to have a national security strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which in turn will call for experts on the region. A minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies will give graduate school and national agencies' applicants advantages over other candidates. 

Foreign Languages
ARA 101Elementary Arabic I 14
or ARA 201 Intermediate Arabic I
or ARA 301 Arabic Conversation
ARA 102Elementary Arabic II 14
or ARA 202 Intermediate Arabic II
or ARA 302 Arabic Conversation II
Islamic Studies (Choose One)3
The Qur'an
Islam
Islamic Mysticism
Middle East History and Politics (Choose One)3
State and Faith in the Middle East
Early Islamic History, 600-1300
Empires of Islam, 1300-1922
Modern Middle East History 1792- Present
Seminar: African History
Politics of the Middle East
Jerusalem-The Politics of Sacred Space
Electives (Choose One)3
Comparative Politics
International Politics
War, Peace and Violence
Philosophies of Judaism
People&Cultures Southeast Asia
Post-Colonial Literature and Theory
Judaism
Philosophies of Judaism
New Testament
Old Testament