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Arab Studies

The minor in Arab Studies covers an area of utmost historical, cultural, economic and geopolitical significance. Several key contemporary issues make the region as a whole a focus of interest for scholarly study. The Arab Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Requirements: 

20-24 units

    Complete the following two courses (8 units)

    • MSA 100 Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (4 units)
    • MSA 180 Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (4 units)

    Choose one course (4 units)

    • HIS 193A History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (5 units)
    • HIS 193B History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914 (5 units)

    Choose one course (4 units)

    • MSA 181C Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (5 units)
    • MSA 182C Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (5 units)

    Choose additional electives from the Core Course list (4-8 units)

    • MSA 111A Great Cities of Arab Middle East and South Asia (4 units)
    • MSA 121A Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4 units)
      • or ARB 140 A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4 units)
    • MSA 122A Themes in the Arabic Novel (4 units)
    • MSA 150 Women and Islamic Discourses (4 units)
      • or WMS 185 Women and Islamic Discourses (4 units)
    • MSA 181C Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (4 units)
    • MSA 182C Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (4 units)
    • ANT 142 Peoples of the Middle East (4 units)
    • ARB 001 Elementary Arabic 1 (5 units)
      • or ARB 001A Accelerated Intensive Elementary Arabic 1 (5 units)
    • ARB 002 Elementary Arabic 2 (5 units)
    • ARB 003 Elementary Arabic 3 (5 units)
    • ARB 021 Intermediate Arabic 21 (4 units)
    • ARB 022 Intermediate Arabic 22 (4 units)
    • ARB 023 Intermediate Arabic 23 (4 units)
    • ARB 121 Advanced Arabic (4 units)
    • ARB 122 Advanced Arabic (4 units)
    • ARB 123 Advanced Arabic (4 units)
    • ARB 198 Directed Group Study (1-5 units)
    • AHI 155 The Islamic City (4 units)
    • COM 053C Literatures of the Islamic World (4 units)
    • COM 155 Classical Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1900 (4 units)
    • COM 166 Literatures of the Modern Middle East (4 units)
    • HIS 006 Introduction to the Middle East (4 units)
    • HIS 102R Undergraduate Proseminar in History; Muslim Societies (5 units)
    • HIS 112C History of Jews in the Muslim World (4 units)
    • HIS 115F History of Modern North Africa, 1800 to the Present (4 units)
    • HIS 190A Middle Eastern History I: The Rise of Islam, 600-1000 (4 units)
    • HIS 190B Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusades, 1001-1400 (4 units)
    • HIS 190C Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730 (4 units)
    • HIS 193A History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (4 units)
    • HIS 193B History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914 (4 units)
    • POL 135 International Politics of the Middle East (4 units)
    • POL 136 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (4 units)
    • RST 060 Introduction to Islam (4 units)
    • RST 065C The Qur'an and Its Interpretation (4 units)
    • RST 160 Introduction to Islamic Thought (4 units)
    • RST 161 Modern Islam (4 units)
    • RST 162 Introduction to Islamic Law (4 units)
    • RST 163 Social Life of Islam (4 units)
    • RST 167 Iraq (4 units)
    • WMS 178A Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; The Arab World (4 units)
    • WMS 184 Gender in the Arab World (4 units)

    With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in advance the Program Committee to accept:

    • Other elective courses toward the minor program if the content is 50 percent or more on the Arab World. Under no circumstances may more than one lower division course be offered in satisfaction of requirements for the minor.
    • More than 4 units of Middle East/South Asia 181Cand/or Middle East/South Asia 182C towards the minor program

    Total = 20-24 units

    Minor Advisor

    Mishaal Barrett
    530-752-3576
    misbarrett@ucdavis.edu