Middle East Studies Minor

The minor in Middle East Studies provides students with in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and complements many majors within the College as well as other degrees across the University. In addition, the Middle East Studies minor prepares students for careers in international business, government, and other related fields.

Requirements for the Minor

Core Courses (6)
REL 350Islam3
POLS 661Politics of the Middle East3
or HIST 328 The Modern Middle East
Electives (12)12
These courses allow students to deepen their knowledge of the countries and issues in the region. Students must take at least one course from each emphasis—i.e. social science and humanities, as listed below--but can choose to take three courses from one emphasis and one from the other or take two from each.
Regularly offered and upcoming elective options are:
Social science emphasis: (minimum 3 credit hours)
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
Topics in: _____
Nationalism(s) in Turkey
Politics and Society in the Contemporary Persianate World
Social Movements in the Middle East
Politics of the Middle East
Islam and Politics
United States Foreign Policy
Sociology of the Middle East
Humanities emphasis: (minimum 3 credit hours)
Arabic and Islamic Studies
Women and Islam
Islamic Literature
Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities
Unveiling the Veil
Literature and Society in the Contemporary Middle East
The Premodern Middle East
The Modern Middle East
Travelers' Tales of the Middle East
From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East, 1900-Present
Topics in: _____
The Middle East After World War II
Religion of Ancient Israel
Muslim Societies
Islamic Law in the Digital Age
Shari'a, Democracy, and Society
Modern Islamic Reform Movements
Language Option: A student pursuing a Middle East Studies minor may also use one 300-level or above ARAB, FARS, TURK, or HEBR language course as an elective that counts toward three credit hours of “Humanities emphasis.”

Middle East Studies Minor Hours & GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the Minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.