Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Academic Programs

Islamic prayer shrine

Students who complete the MEIS Minor will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to speak, comprehend, and write one of the major Middle Eastern languages at an elementary level.
  2. Identify the major events of Middle Eastern and Islamic history, and articulate the internal and external forces that led up to and shaped these events.
  3. Explain the current cultural, political, and religious challenges facing Middle Eastern peoples.
  4. Describe and analyze significant Islamic religious beliefs, ethics, practices, philosophies and cultural expressions.
  5. Describe the principal social contours of Islamic communities, families, and gender relations, and explain the complex and multifaceted forms of identities
  6. Have knowledge of minorities (ethnic, cultural, religious) within the larger Middle Eastern societies, as well as the dynamics of relationships among diverse groups.