B.A. in Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies program requires a total of 31 semester hours in the major including 16 hours of required courses and 15 of electives chosen in consultation with MES adviser.

Required courses 16 hours:
MES 2400Introduction to the Contemporary Cultures of the Middle East through Movies and Arts3
MES 3200The Contemporary Middle East a Historical and Modern In-Depth Overview3
MES 3800The Governments and Legal Systems of the Contemporary Middle East3
MES 4200Current Issues in the Middle East3
FLAN 3440Intercultural Communication: Principles And Practice4
Electives: Chosen with Advisor Approval 15 hours15
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Conversation and Composition I
Culture And Commerce In The French-Speaking World
French & Francophone Culture In The Modern World
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Review Of Elementary French
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Political Geography
German Culture And Commerce
Introduction To Modern German Culture
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Spanish for Health Care Professionals
Culture & Commerce In The Spanish-Speaking World
Culture Of Latin America
Culture Of Spain
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
History Of The Middle East Since 1500
Eastern Thought
Philosophy Of Religion
Old Testament/Tanakh
The Qur'an And Hadith
Special Topics In Religious Studies
Total Hours31

Students should take HIST 1120 toward the college’s distributive Humanities requirement.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
AR 1000 First Year Orientation 1
MATH 1180 Reasoning With Mathematics 3
Elementary Language I 4
HIST 1120 Middle East Civilization 3
UT Core Social Science 3
Second Term
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
Elementary Language II 4
ARBC 1090 Culture of the Arabic-Speaking World 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Third Term
Intermediate Language I 3
ENGL 2710-ENGL 2800UT Core Humanities - Literature 3
MES 2400 Introduction to the Contemporary Cultures of the Middle East through Movies and Arts 3
UT Core Natural Science 3
UT Core Natural Science Lab 1
ARBC 1080 Culture and Commerce in the Arabic-Speaking World 3
Fourth Term
Intermediate Language II 3
GEPL 4810 Political Geography 3
MES 3200 The Contemporary Middle East a Historical and Modern In-Depth Overview 3
Related or minor courses 6
Fifth Term
FLAN 3440 Intercultural Communication: Principles And Practice 4
WGST 2010 Introduction To Gender Studies: Gender, Sex And Difference 3
MES 3800 The Governments and Legal Systems of the Contemporary Middle East 3
Related or minor courses 3
Major elective 3
Sixth Term
MES 4200 Current Issues in the Middle East (US Multicultural Diversity) 3
Related or minor courses 6
Electives 6
Seventh Term
ARBC 4850 Media in the Arab World 3
Related or minor course 3
Electives 6
Eighth Term
FLAN 4980 Special Topics in Foreign Languages 3
Electives 12
 Total Hours122
  • PLO 1- List, distinguish and discuss what countries made up the traditional geography of the Middle East and the Greater Middle East. \\n
  • PLO 2- List and discuss the major religions of the Middle East.\\n
  • PLO 3- Explain the differences and similarities between the political systems of the Middle East.\\n
  • PLO 4- Describe how political, economic, social and cultural structures work within the region.\\n
  • PLO 5- Discuss some of the challenges facing Middle East as a region and as individual countries.\\n
  • PLO 6- Compare and contrast the cultures within the region.\\n
  • PLO 7. Language proficiency at entry or more advanced level in one of the languages of the region. \\n
  • PLO 8- Research, write, present and explain about the relationships within the countries of the region and the international community.