This 16-credit hour certificate is designed for degree-seeking students in any major and non-degree-seeking students who want to become more proficient in this in-depth area of global studies, an area of expertise sought after by businesses; local, state, and federal government agencies; nonprofit and nongovernmental (NGO) organizations; health care and social service professions; and any other workplace or setting that requires people to talk across cultural differences. Students will gain greater competency in their understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and the religion of Islam, along with increased knowledge of historical and contemporary issues relevant to the Middle East, including peoples of Middle Eastern descent now living in communities within the United States. 

16 hours chosen from the following:

Required courses: (13 hours)

ARB 101 Elementary Arabic I 4(4-0)
ARB 102 Elementary Arabic II 4(4-0)
HST 237 Baghdad and Beyond: The Middle East from 600 C.E. 3(3-0)
PSC 345 Middle Eastern Political Systems 3(3-0)  
REL 314 Islam 3(3-0)

Note:  Choose only one of ARB 101 or 102, not both.

Electives:   (3 hours)

ARB 102  Elementary Arabic II 4(4-0) 
ART 489 Islamic Art 3(3-0)
HST 336 Iran and Iraq in History 3(3-0)
HST/REL 382 History of Israel 3(3-0)
HST 535 Middle East in the Modern Era 3(3-0)
PSC 340 African Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0)
PSC 346 Politics of Islam 3(3-0)
REL 375 Terrorism, Jihad, and Islamism 3(3-0)
REL 376 Women in Muslim Cultures 3(3-0)
REL 377 Sufism:  Mystical Islam 3(3-0)

Students pursuing this certificate may also complete 3 hours of independent readings or research in an appropriate discipline as an elective option with the approval of the advisor.

Courses selected for the certificate program must include a minimum of 9 hours at the 300-599 level.

Total:  16 semester hours


H. Talat Halman; Religion; Anspach 301S; (989)774-2190;
Jason Szilagyi; History: Powers 116;