Middle Eastern Studies Minor
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
Advisor: Antoine Borrut
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors
The Minor in Middle Eastern Studies requires 15-18 credits (5 courses; some language courses carry more than 3 credit hours per course). 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.)
|Select at least one course in each of two of the following Area categories: 1||6|
The Arab world
Iran and the Persian/Iranian world
(Middle Eastern) Jewish and Israel
Turkish and Ottoman
Middle Eastern Diasporas and All Middle East
|Select at least two courses that focus on the pre-modern period (the 7th century through the 19th century) 2||6|
|Select one course from the list of approved Middle East Studies courses 3||3|
Other areas of concentration may be considered and require the director’s approval.
Students may fulfill this requirement through their area distribution or elective 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.
- A minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) must be at the upper level (3xx- or 4xx-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 1xx or 2xx-level or grammar based course in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish may be credited toward the Minor.
- At least six credits of 3xx or 4xx-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.