Minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Dr. Andrew Harris

Coordinator: Lucia Volk
Humanities Building, Room 576
Phone: (415) 405-2468
Email: lvolk@sfsu.edu

Program Scope

The Minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies is a multidisciplinary minor designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of the history, politics, and culture of the Middle East and Islamic world. Students are required to fulfill both core and elective requirements designed to give a background of the complexity and diversity of the region as well as offer more specific, in-depth studies of select issues of the region. This program covers regions and peoples from or in the Middle East from the founding of Islam in the seventh century to the present. In concert with the “Islamic Studies” aspect of this program, this minor also extends beyond the Middle East to those cultures, societies, and areas that are associated with the historical and current spread of Islam. Students can select from a variety of courses across multiple disciplines, including history, religion, politics, culture, art, music, language, and literature.

The minor is useful to students planning careers in politics and government, business, education, international organizations, journalism, and art, as well as for those who simply desire a better understanding of the Middle East and Islam. The multidisciplinary nature of the program also prepares students for further study in a number of academic fields at the graduate level.

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of three courses that deal with the region as a whole from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, plus three upper-division courses taken upon advisement.

Professor

FRED ASTREN (1996), Professor of Jewish Studies; B.E.S. (1979), University of Minnesota; M.A. (1989), Ph.D. (1993), University of California, Berkeley.

MOHAMMAD AZADPUR (2003), Professor of Philosophy; B.A. (1986), Bucknell University; M.A. (1993), University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. (1999), University of Virginia.

SANJOY BANERJEE (1990), Professor of International Relations; B.A. (1976), Lehigh University; Ph.D. (1982), Yale University.

BURCU AKAN ELLIS (2004), Professor of International Relations; B.A. (1994), Bilkent University, Turkey; Ph.D. (2001), American University.

DINA A. IBRAHIM (2003), Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts; B.A. (1994), M.A. (1996), The American University in Cairo; Ph.D. (2003), The University of Texas at Austin.

ERAN KAPLAN (2011), Professor of Jewish Studies; B.A. (1994), Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. (2001), Brandeis University.

SANTHI KAVURI-BAUER (2003), Professor of Art; B.A. (1991), Rutgers University; M.A. (1996), Ph.D. (2002), University of California, Los Angeles.

SHIRIN A. KHANMOHAMADI (2005), Professor of Comparative and World Literature; B.A. (1991), Brown University; M.A. (1996), The University of Texas at Austin;4 M.A. (1998), Columbia University; Ph.D. (2005), Columbia University.

HAFEZ MODIRZADEH (1998), Professor of Music; B.A. (1983), San Jose State University; M.F.A. (1986), University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D. (1992), Wesleyan University.

MAHMOOD MONSHIPOURI (2007), Professor of International Relations; B.A. (1975) Teachers' Training University, Tehran, Iran; M.A. (1979), Allamah Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran; Ph.D. (1987), University of Georgia.

MOHAMMAD RAMADAN SALAMA (2005), Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (1990), M.A. (1995), University of Ain Shams, Al-Alsun Faculty, Cairo; M.A. (2000), Ph.D. (2005), University of Wisconsin, Madison.

LUCIA VOLK (2003), Professor of International Relations; B.A. (1991), Stanford University; M.A. (1994), Georgetown University; Ph.D. (2001), Harvard University.

NICOLE WATTS (2003), Professor of Political Science; B.A. (1989), University of Washington; M.A. (1992), University of London School of Oriental and African Studies; Ph.D. (2001), University of Washington.

Associate Professor

MITRA ARA (2011), Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (2000), M.A. (2003), Ph.D. (2006), University of California, Berkeley.

MAZIAR BEHROOZ (2002), Associate Professor of History; B.A. (1982), Saint Mary's College of California; M.A. (1985), San Francisco State University; C.Phil. (1989), Ph.D. (1993), University of California, Los Angeles.

CHRISTOPHER CHEKURI (2004), Associate Professor of History; B.A. (1987), M.A. (1997), Ph.D. (2005), University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor - 18-21 units

All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Core (9-10 units)

Complete at least nine units in the core by taking one course from Section A, one course from Section B, and a third course from either section.  MEIS 300 and MEIS 301 may satisfy either Core Section A or B. Any core class taken beyond the required units can be counted towards the required elective units.

Section A: History and Politics3-4
Islamic World II: 1500 - Present
HIST 604
Middle East and North Africa in International Relations
Muslim Societies in Transnational Perspective
Middle East Politics
Section B: Arts and Culture3
Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
The Art and Architecture of Islam
Cultural Expression in Islam
Space and Architecture in the Islamic World
Islamic Philosophy
Section A or B:3
Foundations in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Islam: Interpretation and Practice

Electives (9-11 units)

In addition to the three core courses above, take a minimum of three additional courses as electives. Courses that are used to satisfy core requirements may not also be used as electives.

Select at least one course from Part I and at least one course from Part II. The third elective may be taken from either part I or II:
Part I: History and Politics
HIST 371Islam In South Asia: From 1000 A.D. to the Present3
HIST 372India and the British Empire3
HIST 381Islamic World II: 1500 - Present3
HIST 382History of Iran and Afghanistan 1500 - Present3
HIST 383Imperialism and Nationalism in the Recent Near East3
HIST 6043
I R 323The Persian Gulf in International Relations4
I R 324Middle East and North Africa in International Relations4
I R 326South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations4
I R 335Muslim Societies in Transnational Perspective4
I R/MEIS 433Model Arab League4
JS/I R/PLSI 430Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions, and Society3
PLSI 410Middle East Politics4
PLSI 4204
PLSI/MEIS 431Constructing Kurdistan4
PHIL 436Islamic Political Philosophy3
Part II: Arts and Culture
ANTH 319Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa3
ARAB 102Second Semester Arabic4
ARAB 103Third Semester Arabic4
ARAB 104Fourth Semester Arabic4
ARAB 206Intermediate Conversation3
ARAB 300Reading Qur'anic Arabic3
ARAB 600Modern Arabic Literature and Film in English3
ARAB 650Modern Arabic Fiction in English3
ARTH 417The Art and Architecture of Islam3
CWL/HUM 424Multicultural Middle Ages3
CWL 430Heroic Tales of the Mediterranean3
HEBR 102Second Semester Modern Hebrew3
HEBR 201Third Semester Modern Hebrew3
HEBR 202Fourth Semester Modern Hebrew3
HUM 361Cultural Expression in Islam3
HUM 375Biography of a City: United States Cities (Istanbul)3
HUM/JS 379Jerusalem3
HUM 496Space and Architecture in the Islamic World3
JS 408/CINE 314Israeli Cinema3
JS/HUM/PHIL 501Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
MUS 5303
PHIL 516Islamic Philosophy3
PHIL 517Islamic Mysticism3
PRSN 102Second Semester Persian4
PRSN 103Third Semester Persian4
PRSN 104Fourth Semester Persian4
PRSN 206Basic Persian Conversation3
PRSN 260Persian Culture and Civilization in English3
PRSN 350Advanced Persian3
RRS/ARAB 450Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature3
WGS 565Muslim Feminisms3

Foreign Language Requirement

Students are strongly encouraged to develop proficiency in a Middle Eastern language or a language pertaining to the Islamic world and to commit to more than one semester of language studies. Therefore, second-semester language courses and higher will count towards elective units. Each student will discuss how to incorporate language into their minor during advising sessions.

Study-Abroad Courses

Students completing the Middle East and Islamic Studies minor are strongly encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs, whether through the CSU system or another approved study abroad program. SF State’s bilateral exchange with Koç University in Istanbul is particularly suited for MEIS minors. Please attend OIP’s informational sessions and then see a MEIS advisor.