Minors & Certificates
Middle Eastern Studies
What is Middle Eastern Studies?
The Middle East is the cradle of the three monotheistic religions. It also has some of the world's greatest archeological and religious sites. It is the locus of two thirds of the world's known oil reserves. Events in the Middle East affect our daily lives. The Middle Eastern studies curriculum enables students to gain insights into the cultural, religious, and political forces that motivate the inhabitants of this vital region of the world.
The Middle Eastern studies program trains students to develop an understanding of cultural institutions and their influence on contemporary world affairs; to explore the concepts of conflict, security, and peacemaking and to examine complex public issues vital to informed citizenship; and to develop informed beliefs and knowledge about other nations or cultures. The curriculum in Middle Eastern studies draws on a number of existing courses at UC. In addition, students will be strongly encouraged to take courses in Middle Eastern studies and languages offered at any of the many reputable American (for example, Georgetown University, Washington DC), European (for example, SOAS, London), and overseas institutions. Students will be assisted in (1) identifying and applying to institutions where courses are offered that fulfill and enrich the programmatic requirements of the Middle Eastern studies certificate and (2) seeking financial support available from a variety of sources, for example, the UC Office of International Programs, Taft Foundation, private organizations, and federal agencies to enroll in a study abroad program, for example, in Istanbul, Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Beirut, Fez, Amman, or Sanaa.
|HIST1008||Middle Eastern History II||3|
|HIST1007||Middle Eastern History I||3|
|HIST2042||Middle Eastern History I||3|
|HIST2043||Middle Eastern History II||3|
|POL2085||Terrorism and Insurgency||3|
|POL2072||Iran: Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations||3|
|POL2071||Politics of the Middle East||3|
|JUDC2041||Women in Jewish Civilization||3|
|GEOG2031||Geography of the Middle East||3|
|JUDC1027||History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500||3 - 4|
|FAM2008||Music of the Middle East||3|
|JUDC1028||History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present||3 - 4|
|JUDC3030||Jews and Islam||3|
|JUDC3014||Jewish Women's Salons and Their Impact on Culture, Identity and Modernity||3|
|JUDC3041||The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-2000||3|
|ARAB3010||Culture of Contemporary Arab Society||3|
|ARAB3023||Love and Sexuality in Arabic Literature||3|
|ARAB3021||Classical Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation||3|
|ARAB3020||Modern Arabic Literature in Translation||3|
|ARAB4033||Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought III||3|
|ARAB4032||Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought II||3|
|JUDC3037||Israeli Literature in Translation||3|
|ARAB3022||Arab Women Novelists||3|
|ARAB3024||Hispano-Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation||3|
|ARAB4031||Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought I||3|
|JUDC2061||Modern Jewish Thinkers||3|
|JUDC3052||Gender and Judaism||3|
|JUDC1035||Introduction to Judaism||3|
|JUDC2034||Judaism and Christianity in Conflict||3|
|JUDC3028||Women in the Bible||3|
|JUDC3031||Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition||3|
|ARAB3001||Third-Year Literary Arabic||3|
|ARAB4010||Literary Arabic Grammar||3|
|ARAB2002||Second Year Literary Arabic 2||5|
|ARAB2001||Second Year Literary Arabic 1||5|
|JUDC2011||Second Year Hebrew 1||3|
|JUDC3032||Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition||3|
|JUDC2012||Second Year Hebrew 2||3|
|ARAB3002||Third-Year Literary Arabic||3|
|HIST3064||Jews in 20th-Century Europe and the Middle East||3|
|HIST3067||Jews and Muslims in the Modern Mediterranean||3|
|HIST4066||The Golden Age of Islamic Civilization: The Abbasid Caliphate||3|
|HIST3035||Afghanistan and Central Asia: At the Crossroads of the World||3|
|JUDC1090||Monuments to War and Tragedy: Engraving the Mind and Remembrance||3|
|POL3015||Religion & Politics||3|
|ANTH3070||Peoples of the Balkans: Women and Men in Balkan Societies||3|
|GEOG3039||Geography of Religion||3 - 6|
|GEOL1036||Water Sustainability and Climate||3|
|GEOG4048||Political Geography: Geopolitics||3|
|URBN3080||Film and the Global Village||3|
|ARTH1082||Non-Western World Cultures in Art||3|
|POL6065||Women and sustainable development||4|
|POL3062||Global religion and politics||3|
|POL3086||War, Peace, Security, and Conflict in Asia||3|
|GEOG2026||Geography of Asia||3|
|POL3087||Regional Politics in Asia||3|
|GEOL6024||Geohydrology and Introduction to Ground-Water Modeling||3|
|GEOG1004||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|FREN3034||Africa in Pictures and Film||3|
|MES2045||Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies||3|
|Twelve credit hours from groups 2-9 below (from at least three groups and three departments)
|One course from Middle Eastern History group 1 below
Contact the program director listed for guidance and information.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tri-state location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Freshman Admission Requirements
Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.
In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.
Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.
Please make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, ensure the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree, your certificate will be reviewed at the time you submit your separate degree application.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Middle Eastern Studies
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
728-C Old Chemistry
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377
Phone: (513) 556-3423