Middle East Studies (Minor)

Middle East studies investigates human cultures in the region of the Middle East and North Africa and in areas geographically and historically  connected to it, such as Central Asia, Spain and other parts of Africa.


If you minor in Middle East studies at Saint Louis University, you’ll learn about the ancient, medieval and contemporary history of the Middle East — giving you an unusual breadth of study — while gaining knowledge about the arts, politics, religious traditions and business environments.  

The Middle East Studies minor enhances other international programs offered at SLU, giving students a special perspective on this key part of the world. 

A variety of Middle East Studies courses across several disciplines allow students to tailor the minor to their individual interests. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits from approved courses in consultation with the Middle East Studies director/s. A listing of approved courses offered is available by registration time each semester. Alternatively you may search for courses with the Middle East Studies Attribute in the course catalog on Banner at registration time each semester. 

Other requirements are as follows:

  • One course must be ISTD 1100 Introduction to International Studies (1 credit hour)
  • One three-credit hour course must be at 3000/4000 level
  • At least one course (of three credit hours) must cover each of the three areas of

    1. Theology/Philosophy
    2. Humanities
    3. Social Sciences

The Middle East Studies minor does not require language study, though language study is highly encouraged in a language used in the Middle East such as Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or Farsi.

T
hough international travel is not required for the minor, SLU encourages studying abroad to further your understanding of the region. This minor is also offered on our Madrid campus.

Highlighted Courses
  • AR 1010: Communicating in Arabic I
  • AR 1020: Communicating in Arabic II
  • THEO 2110: Old Testament
  • THEO 2210: New Testament
  • THEO 3335: Christians in the Middle East
  • THEO 3730: Jewish Life and Thought
  • ARTH 2140: Islamic Art and Society
  • ARTH 1090: Masterpieces of Global Art
  • ARTH 2350: Excavating the Cultures of Three Faiths
  • ARTH 2100: Art of Jerusalem and Three Faiths
  • HIST 4902: The U.S. and the Middle East: Modern Connections
  • HIST 3930: The Modern Middle East: Minority Viewpoints
  • POLS 2590: Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • POLS 3590: The Arab Uprisings: the Politics of Expertise
  • IB 3150: Middle Eastern Business

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Internships and Careers

If you choose to minor in Middle East studies at SLU, you will learn about of a part of the world that is as central to ancient civilizations as it is to modern global politics, business and culture. You will be able to apply this minor’s knowledge to positions in the legal, business, education, religious, political and medical fields.

Students who have pursued a Middle East studies minor have gone on to graduate programs in Middle East studies and to diplomatic and political work at government or nonprofit international agencies.

Faculty
  • Cathleen A. Fleck, Ph.D., Director
  • Mamoun Benmamoun, Ph.D.
  • David Borgmeyer, Ph.D.
  • Claire Gilbert, Ph.D.
  • Julia Lieberman, Ph.D.
  • James Redfield, Ph.D.
  • G. John Renard, Ph.D.
  • Joya Uraizee, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey Wickes, Ph.D.
  • Luke Yarbrough, Ph.D. 
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