Middle East and Africa
ANT 4312 Societies and Cultures of Africa
Current social issues and policies in the light of historical and cultural foundations of selected African countries.
ANT 4341 Archaeology of Mediterranean
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Environmental and cultural factors that led to the rise and fall of civilizations in the Mediterranean region.
ANT 4344 African Archaeology
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. A survey of the African archaeological record, from emergence of stone tool technology 2.6 million years ago to the rise of complex civilizations and the African Diaspora.
HIS 3310 The Middle East
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A survey of Islamic civilization, especially under the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ottoman empires; analysis of contemporary national, regional, and international problems with attention to the historical-geographical and political-geographical elements.
HIS 3311 Middle East History 600-1798
Survey of Middle East history from the rise of Islam to Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.
HIS 3315 History of West Africa
Prerequisite(s): Six credit hours in history or consent of instructor. Introduction to West African history, culture, customs, and societies from the earliest times to 1975.
HIS 3318 History of Modern Africa
Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of History or consent of the instructor. History of Africa since the early nineteenth century and analysis of contemporary African issues in a wider historical context.
HIS 3319 Women and Gender in Modern Africa
Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of History or consent of the instructor. The social, political, economic, religious, and cultural experiences of women living in Africa from the pre-colonial era to today.
HIS 4312 Modern Middle East History
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Political, religious, intellectual and social transformations in the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
HIS 4313 War and Peace in the Middle East
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The interaction of policy, military force, and society in the waging of war and the quest for peace and security in the Middle East.
HIS 4316 The African Diaspora
Pre-requisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. The history of peoples of African descent in the Diaspora worldwide.
MES 2301 Introduction to the Middle East
A regional geographic introduction to the Middle East region. An overview of the physical, cultural, ethnographic, economic and geopolitical components of the region followed by a more in depth description of selected political states.
MES 4378 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing. An examination of the relationship between religion and politics in select countries of the Middle East.
MES 4V01 Readings in Mid-East Studies
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and approval of Director of Middle East Studies. A tutorial course, individually designed to either allow in-depth study of special topic of student/faculty interest; or allow for a student to have individualized instruction in a broad area of Middle East studies. Details arranged. The course may be repeated once when content differs.
PSC 4334 Governments and Politics of the Middle East
Political structures and processes of the Middle East nations with an emphasis on elites, political parties, interest groups, and bureaucracies. Inter-regional relations, nationalism, the impact of religion and the Arab-Israeli conflict will be considered. Problems of nation-building, regional cooperation, as well as super- and great-power penetration, will also be explored.
REL 4343 Topics in Islam
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. The tenets, doctrines, and sects of Islam, including the religious underpinnings of Islamic society. Field trip required. The course may be repeated once with a different topic.