This minor provides a historical and anthropological view of the people, cultures and languages that make up the Middle East, as well as the region’s relationship with the wider global community from the Middle Ages to the present. You’ll develop a broad understanding of the social, economic and political structures of one of the world’s most ethnically and socially diverse regions.
The minor explores the rich intellectual and religious traditions of countries in the Middle East and the Arab world, as well as the profound confluence of art and architecture in the region. You’ll also examine the major historic events that have shaped these countries, from the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Holocaust to the recent Arab Spring. Language courses offered in modern Arabic and Hebrew further enrich your academic experience and provide a useful tool for internships and work opportunities in such fields as business, government and international relations.