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Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-1743
E-mail: hanifism@jmu.edu

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The Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations minor concentrates on social and political issues involving Muslim, Christian and Jewish populations in their own right and in relation to one another in the territory between the Nile and Indus rivers during the modern period. The program is also designed to accommodate consideration of other communities including Hindu and other South Asians, Anatolian and Central Asian Turks, and Mediterranean peoples in the larger area stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia as well as Middle Eastern diaspora communities in Europe and the Americas from the ancient period to the present.

The interdisciplinary orientation of the program emphasizes comparison and a synthesis of local, regional, trans-national and global perspectives. The program provides an intellectual foundation that can be usefully applied and built upon in graduate school, the private sector or government service.

Students are required to take 18 credits comprised of six credits of core course work and 12 credits of electives structured as follows.

Students must take two of the following three courses to fulfill the six-credit core course work required for the minor:

Core Courses
Credit Hours
HIST 269. The Pre-Modern Middle East
3
HIST 270. The Modern Middle East
3
GHUM 252. Islamic Civilization
3

Choose any of the following courses to fulfill the remaining 12 credits of course work required for the minor:

Regular Offerings

Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Culture1
ARAB 101. First Semester Arabic2
4
ARAB 102. Second Semester Arabic3
4
ARAB 111-112. Intensive Arabic4
6
ARAB 211-212. Intensive Arabic4
6
ARAB 231. Second Semester Arabic2
4
ARAB 232. Second Semester Arabic3
4

School of Art and Art History
ARTH 410. African Art: The Sahara Northern Sahel5
3

Department of History
HIST 269. The Pre-Modern Middle East6
3
HIST 270. Modern Middle East6
3
HIST 372. Afghanistan in Regional and Global Systems5
3
HIST 473. The Islamic World7
3
HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East5
3

Department of Philosophy and Religion
REL 201. Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament5
3
REL 202. Introduction to the New Testament5
3
REL 305. Islamic Religious Tradition6
3
REL 320. Judaism6
3
HEBR/REL 131-132. Elementary Biblical Hebrew7
4
HEBR/REL 231-232. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew7
4

Department of Anthropology and Sociology
SOCI 342. Muslim Movements in the Middle East
3

1 No more than 9 credits of Foreign Language course work can be used toward minor requirements
2 Offered every fall semester
3 Offered every spring semester
4 Offered May-June summer term only
5 Offered every third semester
6 Offered fall or spring semester
7 Offered every two years


Additional Courses
The following 3-credit courses are offered at varying intervals and can count toward the MECM minor if they are structured to include substantial content relating to the foci and goals of the program. Contact the program coordinator to apply one of these courses to the MECM minor.

Department of Anthropology and Sociology  
ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change
3
ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment
3
  and Development
SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment
3
SOCI 321. Politics and Society
3
SOCI 348. Introduction to Developing Societies
3
SOCI 360. Social Movements

3
School of Art and Art History
ARTH 419. Topics in African Art

3
Department of English
ENG 430. Studies in Comparative Literature

3
Department of Political Science
POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
3
POSC 361. Topics in International Relations
3
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics
3
POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
3

Additional Information
The College of Arts and Letters departments offer a number of courses listed generically, usually at the 300- and 400-level (including disciplinary capstone and methodology courses, often numbered 395) that can also count toward the MECM minor under certain circumstances. Examples of such courses include Special Topics, Independent Study, Internships, Seminars, Travel Study/Study Abroad and Honors Thesis courses (often numbered 390 or 490). Contact the program coordinator to apply an upper-level generic course to the MECM minor.


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