Self-Designed Major in Middle East Studies
Tulane undergraduate may pursue an interdisciplinary coordinate major in Middle East Studies by developing a self-designed major through the School of Liberal Arts (SLA). This option is available to students who have at least a 3.50 GPA in their junior year. Interested students must submit a proposal through Canvas to SLA’s Committee on Undergraduate Academic Requirements (CUAR), normally during the first semester of their junior year, explaining why they want to pursue this option and how they intend to meet the course requirements. They must also form a committee of three tenure-track or professor of practice faculty members from at least two Tulane departments, who should provide letters of support for the student’s proposal. This committee will oversee the student’s work toward completion of the self-designed major.
Students pursuing a self-designed major in Middle East Studies must meet certain requirements. The CUAR committee has developed a sample proposal (downloadable at the bottom of this Tulane Instructure page) students should use to explain how they intend to meet these requirements. The most important requirement is completion of 10-14 courses that include the following required elements:
Students must take the following three courses:
- HISM 2200 History of Islam to 1400
- HISM 2210 History of Modern Middle East, 1750 to Present
- JWST 3220 Arab-Israeli Conflict or POLI 4670 Politics of Arab-Israeli Conflict or HISM 3220 Arab-Israeli Conflict (Methods)
Students also must take one of the following two courses:
- POLC 3340 Middle East Comparative Politics or
- POLI 4660 Middle East Security
Students must take at least one course in Arabic beyond ARBC 2030 Intermediate Arabic or at least one course in Hebrew beyond HBRW 2030 Intermediate Hebrew I.
3. Elective Courses.
Students must take at least five additional courses on topics related to the Middle East and North Africa, including at least one that is at or above the 4000 level. The student’s self-designed major committee and the CUAR committee must approve the suitability of these courses.
Notes on Course Requirements.
- The 10-14 proposed courses must not overlap with more than three courses in the student’s primary major.
- The student normally should have completed or enrolled in at least half of the proposed courses by the time they apply for the self-designed major.
- At least half of the required courses must be taken in residence at Tulane.
- Courses taken while studying abroad can count toward the above requirements, with permission from the student’s self-designed major committee and the CUAR committee. Tulane offers various study-abroad programs in Israel, Jordan, and Morocco, each offering a wide range of suitable courses. In addition, students can petition to study abroad in a non-Tulane program that may offer suitable courses.
- These course requirements can be altered in certain ways with permission from the student’s self-designed major committee and the CUAR committee.
- Students whose proposals have been accepted by the CUAR committee can petition to modify their proposals if necessary, e.g., if a course is not offered as anticipated or if a key faculty member leaves Tulane.
MENA courses at Tulane
- Language courses
- ARBC 1010 Elementary Arabic I
- ARBC 1020 Elementary Arabic II
- ARBC 2030 Intermediate Arabic I
- ARBC 2130 Intermediate Arabic II
- ARBC 3010 Modern Arab Culture and Conversation
- ARBC 3150 Advanced Arabic
- ARBC 3170 Media Arabic
- ARBC 3210 Arabic in IR & Diplomacy
- ARBC 3220 Intro to Arabic Literature
- HBRW 1010 Elementary Hebrew I
- HBRW 1020 Elementary Hebrew II
- HBRW 2030 Intermediate Hebrew I
- HBRW 2040 Intermediate Hebrew II
- HBRW 3100 Advanced Hebrew I
- HBRW 3110 Advanced Hebrew II
- Other courses
- HISM 2210 History of the Modern Middle East since 1750
- HISM 2220 History of Islam to 1400
- JWST 3220 Arab-Israeli conflict or POLI 4670 Politics of Arab-Israeli Conflict or HISM 3220 Arab-Israeli Conflict (Methods)
- POLI 4341 Middle East Comparative Politics
- POLI 4660 Middle East Security
- ANTH 3470 Many Faces of Islam
- FREN 4810 Woman Writers of the Arab World
- FREN 4810 Francophone Literature of the Maghreb
- FREN 4811 Morocco in Film and Literature
- HISM 3910 Sex/Gender in Middle East
- HISM 6910 Ottoman Empire and its Legacy
- HISM 6910 Modern Turkey past and present
- HISM 6910 State and Society in the Modern Middle East
- HISM 6910 WW I & the Making of the Modern Middle East
- HISM 6910 Religion and Nationalism in the Modern Middle East
- JWST 3740 Israel: Culture, Politics, History
- JWST 4500 History of Zionism
- JWST 4810 History of Israel through Film and Literature
- POLI 3020 Islam and Politics
The Arabic minor at Tulane aims to help students develop skills that will enable them to progress steadily toward proficiency in the language. While the program seeks to enhance the students’ linguistic skills, it also helps students gain a fundamental grasp of Arabic language and culture, which present a rich intellectual heritage and history. Students have the opportunity to take courses on a variety of topics, such as literature, modern Arab culture, diplomacy, Arab media, and other topics pertaining to contemporary Arab society.
For more information, visit the Arabic Studies at Tulane web page.