Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies minor complements majors in all disciplines, including the sciences, humanities, business and engineering by providing an interdisciplinary study of a vibrant and critical region of the world.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the region, its languages, peoples, histories and cultures. The minor enhances your employment opportunities in both public and private sectors. It also facilitates the development of skills necessary to work and live successfully in the Middle East. Study abroad and internship programs in the Middle East are offered to encourage and support student engagement in the region. You can tailor the minor to suit your interests. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

As part of the minor, you will be strongly encouraged to participate in a Study Abroad Program in the Middle East; however, this is not required.


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  • Completion of 12 credit hours in courses that focus on the Middle East. See list of approved courses under 'Elective Courses.’
  • Two courses or 6 credits may double count between the requirements for this minor and the requirements for any major (often, but not always, grouped as "departmental requirements").
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours of the 12 credit hours required can be counted toward the minor.
  • A grade of 'C-' or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Required Language Course

In addition to the above, one of the following 201-level Middle Eastern language courses must be completed:

  • FLA 201 – Intermediate Arabic I
  • PER 201 – Intermediate Persian I
  • Demonstrated 201 equivalency in Turkish or Hebrew (not currently taught at NCSU, but transfer credit and/or proficiency may be applied as determined by the Middle East Studies minor advisor.)

Important notes regarding the required language course: 

  • Most students will need to take the 101 / 102 series of language courses prior to their enrollment in the required 201 course, and should plan their schedules accordingly.
  • The student may waive the Language Course requirement by showing proficiency at the 201 level in a Middle Eastern language. Please contact the Middle East Studies minor advisor to make an appointment for the proficiency test.
  • Related language courses taken at NC State above the 201 level may be counted as elective courses for the Middle East Studies minor.

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Elective Courses must be from 2 or more different departments. For example, if you want to focus on history, you  may take three history courses, but the fourth elective course must be from another discipline (i.e. religion, foreign language, political science, etc.).

  • ANT 395 – Anthropology of the Middle East
  • HI 207 – Ancient World to 180 AD
  • HI 270 – Modern Middle East
  • HI 370 – Modern Egypt
  • HI 400 – Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
  • HI 407 – IIslamic Hisory to 1798
  • HI 408 -- Islam in the Modern World
  • HI 419 – Modern European Imperialism
  • HI 465 - Oil and Crisis in the Gulf
  • HI 466 - History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
  • HI 477 – Women in the Middle East
  • HI 454/554 – History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1900-Present
  • HI 491 – Senior seminar on topics related to the Middle East (topic must be related to Middle East and approved by Program Administrator)
  • HI 498 – Independent Study in History (topic must be related to Middle East and approved by Program Administrator)
  • FLA 202 – Intermediate Arabic II
  • FLA 301 – Advanced Intermediate Arabic I
  • FLA 330 - Media Arabic
  • FLF 425 - Literature, Cinema and Culture of the Francophone World
  • FL 295, FL 495 and FL 498 -- Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures (appropriate Middle East offerings per approval of the minor advisor.)
  • PER 202 -- Intermediate Persian II
  • PS 345 - Governments and Politics in the Middle East
  • REL 300 – Religious Traditions of the World
  • REL 311 – Introduction to Old Testament
  • REL 340 - Islam
  • REL 350 – Introduction to Judaism
  • REL 407 – Islamic History to 1798
  • REL 408 – Islam in the Modern World
  • REL 482 – Religion and Conflict
  • REL 498 – Special Topics in Religion (topic must be related to Middle East and approved by the Minor Advisor)
  • STUDY ABROAD courses offered during the NCSU Egypt Summer Study Abroad program may all be counted as electives.

Language Courses which may be counted as electives:

  • FLA 202 – Intermediate Arabic II
  • FLA 301 – Advanced Intermediate Arabic I
  • FLA 330 – Media Arabic
  • PER 202- Intermediate Persian II
  • FL 295 and FL 495 – Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures (appropriate language offerings per approval of the minor advisor)
  • FL 498 – Special Topics in Foreign Languages & Literatures (topic must be related to Middle East and approved by the Minor Advisor)

For a complete description and list of requirements click here

Admissions and Certification of Minor

Registration and Records (R&R) form: the Declare a Minor form must be completed, signed, and delivered to R&R in Harris Hall in order to be enrolled officially in this minor and displayed in the student's degree audit.  An academic minor needs to be declared before the student applies for graduation.  This form can be signed by either the Program Director/Coordinator for this minor or the Interdisciplinary Studies' Student Services Specialist, in the 1911 Building, Suite 106. 

Students may need to consult with their major advisor for approval of the minor program, if required by the major. After the student obtains the major advisor’s signature, he/she should consult with the minor advisor, Jodi Khater, to develop a plan of study indicating required courses and expected dates of completion. A copy of the student's minor plan of study will be kept on file in the department of foreign languages and literatures.

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) form: the Application for Minor Certification form for Middle East Studies should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student's final semester at NC State. Students should meet with Jodi Khater in order to complete the paperwork.  List on this form all courses taken for this minor, with the grades received, as well as all courses in progress and planned courses for this minor.  If completing this form online, it is recommended that you save with a new file name which includes your name.  This form must be signed by the Middle East Studies Program Coordinator/Advisor. 

A academic minor must be completed no later than the term in which the student expects to graduate.  The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (Caldwell 106) provides the required graduation clearance for this Middle East Studies Minor to receive official recognition and be placed on the student's permanent transcript. 

Contact Person:

Jodi Khater
Middle East Studies Minor Advisor
Arabic Section Coordinator
411 Withers

And for resources for studying and teaching of the Middle East, as well proprietary material we will provide to teachers in NC click here.

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