Near Eastern Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Middle Eastern Studies Minor

The Middle Eastern Studies minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program in the College of Letters and Science with a group of related courses from various linguistic, literary, archaeological, and historical disciplines of the Near East, from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and biblical studies to the modern Arabic, Armenian, Iranian, Jewish, and Turkish world.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and file a petition in 378 Humanities Building, 310-825-4165.

Required Lower-Division Courses (9 to 10 units): Two courses selected from Ancient Near East 10W, History 9D, Middle Eastern Studies M50A, M50B, 50C.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): A total of five courses, including at least three from one of the following four areas:

History: Ancient Near East M103A, M103B, M104A, M110A, M110B, M110C, Anthropology 166P, Armenian 130, 131, History 105A, 105B, 105C, M108C, Iranian M110A, M110B, M110C, Jewish Studies M182A, M182B, M182C.

Language: Ancient Near East (Egyptian) 120A, 120B, 120C, Ancient Near East (Coptic) C123A, C123B, Ancient Near East (Sumerian) 140A, 140B, 140C, Ancient Near East (Hittite) M168, Arabic 103A, 103B, 103C, 112A, 112B, 112C, Armenian 103A, 103B, 103C, 106A, 106B, 106C, Hebrew 103A, 103B, 103C, 110A, 110B, Iranian 103A, 103B, 103C, 161A, 161B, 161C, Semitics (Aramaic) 110, 130, Semitics (Syriac) 115, Semitics (Akkadian) 141, Turkic Languages 102A, 102B, 102C (Turkish), 112A, 112B, 112C (Uzbek), 116A, 116B, 116C (Azeri).

Literature: Ancient Near East 150A, 150B, Arabic M110, C141, M148.

Religion: Ancient Near East M130, M135, M185D, History M106, Iranian 170, Islamic Studies M110, 130, 151, Jewish Studies M155, Study of Religion 120.

Required Elective Courses: Any five courses from the department or from Anthropology M166Q, 167, Art History C116A, 119A, 119B, C120, Economics 111, 112, Ethnomusicology 161L, 161N, French 121, 160, History 105A, 105B, 105C, M106, 107A through 107D, 108A, 108B, 109B, M110B, 111A, 111B, 111C, 116A, 116B, 164B, 167A, M184D, M185F, M185G, M185I, Philosophy 104, Political Science 132A, M132B, 157, 165, Study of Religion 120.

Students may not substitute a core or elective course with a departmental independent study/directed research course (197, 198, or 199).

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.