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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Middle Eastern Studies

History (HIST)
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall, 301-405-4265

Advisor:  Antoine Borrut ( aborrut@umd.edu ); 301-405-7448

Requirements:  15-18 credits (5 courses; some language courses carry more than 3 credit hours per course) towards the Minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Coursework must be distributed to meet the overlapping requirements below. (For example, HIST120:  Islamic Civilization can be used to meet both the pre-modern requirement and the Arab world requirement, but does not count doubly in terms of credit.)

6 credits (2 courses) in Area distribution:  At least one course in each of two of the following Area categories:  (a) the Arab world; (b) Iran and the Persian/Iranian world; (c) (Middle Eastern) Jewish and Israel; (d) Turkish and Ottoman; and (e) Middle Eastern Diasporas and All Middle East.  Other areas of concentration may be considered and require the director’s approval.
6 credits (2 courses) in Pre-Modern:  At least two courses (6 credits) must focus on the pre-modern period (the 7th century through the 19th century).  Students may fulfill this requirement through their area distribution or elective courses.

3 credits (1 course) in Electives:  The fifth course may be chosen from the list of approved Middle East Studies courses.  A language course of 3 or more credits may be used to satisfy this requirement.  Advanced Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Turkish language courses that are content courses rather than grammar-based can be used for the Elective category or count toward Area Distribution and/or Pre-Modern, depending on subject matter.

Additional requirements: 
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) must be at the upper level (300- or 400-level).
  • All credits must be earned with a grade of "C-" or above (no Pass/Fail option).
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • A list of qualifying courses in each category is available from the academic advisor of the minor and on MESM’s webpage.
  • Only one lower-level or grammar based course in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish may be credited toward the Minor.
  • At least six credits of upper-level credit must be taken at the University of Maryland.
  • No more than six credits may be taken at an institution other than Maryland.
  • A maximum of two courses can count towards both the major and the minor.
  • Courses cannot count towards multiple minors.

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to  www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors

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