Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies

College of Ethnic Studies

Dean: Kenneth P.  Monteiro

Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program

Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building, Room 427
Phone: (415) 405-2668
Director: Rabab Abdulhadi

Program Scope

The Minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED) is a multidisciplinary program that provides undergraduate students with a justice-centered analysis in which gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, citizenship, age, ability, and other structural inequalities are integral to the study of Arab and Muslim communities, and addresses the context in which these groups have existed and continue to develop in the current socio-political climate. The program is designed to bring together a wide range of areas including Arab/Middle East/Global Studies, Race/Ethnic Studies, and Critical Cultural Studies. Curricular focus areas include History, Identity, Politics; Pop, Culture, Literature, Art, Creativity, Activism; Gender, Sexuality, Race; Immigration and Citizenship; Comparative Studies with other Communities. AMED provides students with a non-traditional perspective on national and transnational positioning and resistances of Arab and Muslim communities.

Associate Professors

Abdulhadi, Salama

Assistant Professor

Savci

Minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies — 15 units

The minor consists of 15 units. Only one-third of the units, or no more than two courses, can be taken on the basis of credit/no credit. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in minor courses. Written declaration of the pursuit of the minor is not necessary prior to enrollment in any of its required or elective courses.

Required Core Courses (6 units)

RRS 101Introduction to Arab and Muslim Communities3
RRS 255Voices in Exile: Arab and Muslim American and Civil Liberties post-9/11/20013

Electives (9 units)

Must choose one course (3 units) from each section; two courses (6 units) must be upper division of 300 or above. Up to 3 elective units can be chosen from within or outside the College of Ethnic Studies, upon advisement and approval from program chair.

Section I: Arab and Muslim Histories, Identities, and Cultures (Humanities track)
ETHS/ARAB 400Islam and Fiction in English3
ETHS/ARAB 510History of Arabic Literature I: Classical Arabic Literature3
ETHS 511History of Arabic Literature II: Modern Arabic Literature3
RRS 224Arab-American History, Community, and Activism3
RRS 230Muslims in America: Communities and Institutions3
RRS 240All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties"3
RRS 305Arab American Art and Artists of the Diaspora3
RRS 312Arab and Arab American Literary Expressions3
RRS 315Arab-American Immigration, Society, Identity, and Culture3
RRS 420Arab American Identity: Memory and Resistance3
RRS 430Arab Media Images in America: Impact on Arab Americans3
RRS 450Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature3
Section II: Mapping Arab and Muslim Communities: Comparative Ethnicities and Diasporas (Critical Race Track)
RRS 110Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience3
RRS 310Arab Revolutions and Social Movements3
RRS 370Islamophobia: Roots, Development, and Contestation of Hatred3
RRS 435National Security and the Racialization of Arabs and Muslims in North America3
RRS 620Colonialism, Imperialism and Resistance3
RRS 630Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective3
RRS 655Comparative Border Studies: Palestine and Mexico3
Section III: Gender and Sexuality Studies in Global South: Arab and Muslim Communities
RRS 260Introduction to Arab and Arab American Feminisms3
RRS/WGS 566Gender and Modernity in the Muslim and Arab Worlds3
WGS 565Muslim Feminisms3