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Major in International Studies

Concentration in Middle East/North Africa Studies

The Middle East/North Africa Concentration emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of Middle East and North Africa cultures and societies. Courses in this Concentration combine history, religion/philosophy, literature, art, and language skills to give you the tools to understand and interpret this area's past and present.

Within this Concentration the student completes at least three years of the Arabic language, one semester of introduction to geography, a set of two courses in Islamic/Middle East history, and eight courses from three "Tracks," "History and Politics of the Middle East/North Africa" (Track I), "Religion and Culture of the Middle East/North Africa" (Track II), and "International Studies" (Track III). Presently, the Arabic language is offered at Colorado State University, but other languages could be studied in study abroad programs with approval of your advisor for this major.

Middle East/North African Studies Concentration: 42 – 66 credits

A. Complete through the third year of the Arabic language (3 –- 24 credits):
Choices: Arabic or another language approved by advisor.

The courses are: LARA105; LARA 107; LARA 200; LARA 201; LARA 300; LARA 301.

B. Complete these classes:

Introduction to Geography: GR100 (3 credits)
Comparative Government and Politics: POLS241 (3 credits)
Microeconomics: ECON202 (3 credits) – has a pre-req of MATH117

C. Complete two courses in Middle East/North Africa history (6 credits):

HIST 115 Islamic World to 1800,
HIST 438 The Modern Middle East.

Classes may not be used both here and in category “D” below.

D. Complete classes from three Tracks (24 credits):
Include *6 credits minimum from track 1 & 2 AND *3 credits minimum from track 3.
Minimum of 3 different prefix’'s.
18 credits must be upper division.
Many of these classes have prerequisites that can be found in the course catalog.

    Track I: History and Politics (see course catalog for prerequisites)
  • HIST 303: Hellenistic World: Alexander to Cleopatra
  • HIST 308: Ancient Christianity to 500 A.D.
  • HIST 421: Africa: Colonialism to Independence
  • HIST 422: Modern Africa
  • HIST 431: Ancient Israel
  • HIST 432: Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur’an
  • HIST 433: Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
  • HIST 434: Crusades in the Near East
  • HIST 435: Jihad and Reform in Islamic History
  • HIST 438: The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 468: Islamic Gunpowder Empires, 1500-1800
  • HIST 469: The Crusades
  • POLS 449: Middle East Politics
  • Or substitution approved by advisor.
    Track II: Thought and Cultures (see course catalog for prerequisites)
  • LARA 250 Arabic Language, Literature, Culture in Translation
  • PHIL 171 Religions of the West
  • PHIL 173 Philosophy of Traditional Judaism
  • PHIL 335 Islam: Cosmology and Practice
  • PHIL 379 Mysticism East and West
  • PHIL 455 Islamic Philosophy
  • Or substitution approved by advisor.
    Track III: International Studies: (see course catalog for prerequisites)
  • AM 430 International Retailing
  • AM 460 Historic Textiles
  • ANTH 200 Cultures and the Global System
  • ANTH 320 Cultural Geography
  • ANTH 352 Geoarchaeology
  • ANTH 415 Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World
  • ANTH 422 Comparative Legal Systems
  • ANTH 441 Method in Cultural Anthropology
  • AREC 240 Issues in Environmental Economics
  • AREC 415 International Agricultural Trade
  • AREC 460 Economics of World Agriculture
  • BUS 350 Travel Abroad-International Comparative Management
  • CON 450 Travel Abroad-Sustainable Building
  • ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 240 Issues in Environmental Economics
  • ECON 332 International Political Economy
  • ECON 370 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 440 International Economics I
  • ECON 442 International Economics II
  • ECON 460 Economic Development
  • FIN 475 International Business Finance
  • GR 320 Cultural Geography
  • HIST 462 Themes in World History
  • HIST 463 Science and Technology in Modern History
  • HIST 470 World Environmental History, 1500-Present
  • HIST 471 History of Antarctica, 1800-Present
  • IE 270 World Interdependence--Population and Food
  • IE 370 Model United Nations
  • IE 450 International Social Welfare
  • IE 470 Women and Development
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Global Context
  • INTD 357 History of International Interiors
  • INTD 450 Travel Abroad-Sustainable Building
  • JTC 412 International Mass Communication
  • MGT 475 International Business Management
  • MKT 365 International Marketing
  • NRRT 320 International Issues-Recreation and Tourism
  • POLS 332 International Political Economy
  • POLS 362 Global Environmental Politics
  • POLS 431 International Law
  • POLS 433 International Organization
  • POLS 435 United State Foreign Policy
  • POLS 436 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • SOC 364 Agriculture and Global Society
  • SOC 422 Comparative Legal Systems
  • SOC 429 Comparative Urban Studies
  • SOC 482A Travel Abraod in Sociology--Criminal Justic System
  • SOWK 450 International Social Welfare and Development
  • SPCM 434 Intercultural Communication
  • Or substitution with advisor approval

E.  A & B: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEPTH AND INTEGRATION CORE COURSES (6 credits):
INST 300: Approaches to International Studies and
INST 492: Capstone Seminar

F.  PRE-REQUISITE'S & ELECTIVES (23-43 credits): 120 total credit hours are needed for graduation. The number of electives you need varies according to your program of study.

Be Aware of this! ---> 42 upper-division credits are required for graduation, 30 of which must be in residence at CSU or (with prior approval) in a program under CSU jurisdiction. Upper division credits within the Options vary widely depending on choices of Track courses.

Upper Division = (300 & 400 level courses)

 

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