Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies major engages the region extending from Morocco to Kazahkstan. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we acquaint students with the complex hopes and struggles that animate the diverse peoples and cultures of this vast territory.


Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study away requirements for all majors (see Major Requirements page), the Middle East Studies major consists of ten credits, distributed as follows:

  • Global Core course (one credit)—See list of Global Core courses under Global Studies.
  • Area courses (five credits)—One of these must be at the 300 level and taken at Trinity:
    • ANTH 228. Anthropology from the Margins of South Asia
    • ARAB 233. The Contemporary Arabic Novel
    • ARAB 233. Introduction to Arab and Middle Eastern Cinemas
    • HIST 228. Islamic Civilization to 1517
    • HIST 229. Middle East Since 1517
    • HIST 318. Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History
    • HIST319. Mapping the Middle East
    • HIST 334. Provinces of the Roman Empire
    • HIST 336. Modern Jewish History
    • HIST 374. Alexander the Great
    • HIST 375. Egypt under the Greeks and Romans
    • INTS 130. Daily Life in the Middle East
    • INTS 131. Modern Iran
    • INTS 213. Worldly Islam
    • INTS 215. Central Asia in Transition
    • INTS 218. Women, Gender and Family in the Middle East
    • INTS 220/LACS 226. Writing the Body in Arabic Literature
    • INTS 235. Youth Culture in the Muslim World
    • INTS 258. The Islamic City
    • INTS 301. Arab Politics
    • INTS 306. Gender and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East
    • INTS 325. Anthropology of Islam
    • INTS 326. Baghdad in History
    • JWST 206. Arab/Israeli Conflict
    • JWST 219. Israeli Film and Visual Media
    • JWST 220. Modern Israeli Literature and Jewish Heritage
    • POLS 312. Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
    • POLS 380. War and Peace in the Middle East
    • RELG 105. Hebrew Bible: Origins
    • RELG 106. Hebrew Bible: Kings and Prophets
    • RELG 109. The Jewish Tradition
    • RELG 181. The Religion of Islam
    • RELG 205. The Emergence of Judaism
    • RELG 209. Religion in the Contemporary Middle East
    • RELG 211. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    • RELG 212. New Testament
    • RELG 214. Jews in America
    • RELG 253. Indian and Islamic Painting
    • RELG 280. Approaching the Quran
    • RELG 284. Sufism: The Mystical Tradition of Islam
    • RELG 291. Religion and Humor: Islam
    • RELG 307. Jewish Philosophy
    • RELG 308. Jewish Mysticism
    • RELG 314. Ancient Ritual and Prayer
    • RELG 386. Islam in America
  • Electives (three credits)—Electives may consist of area courses from any of the area studies majors, additional Global Core courses, or language courses in excess of the four semester requirement.
  • INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies (one credit)