University Catalog 2023-2024

Middle East Studies (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Middle East Studies Minor complements majors in all disciplines, including the sciences, humanities, business, and engineering by providing an interdisciplinary study of a vibrant and critical region of the world. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of the region, its languages, peoples, histories, and cultures. The minor enhances student employment opportunities in both public and private sectors. It also facilitates the development of skills necessary to work and live successfully in the Middle East. Study Abroad and internship programs in the Middle East are offered to encourage and support student engagement in the region. Students can tailor the Minor to suit their individual interests. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

As part of the minor, students are strongly encouraged to participate in Study Abroad Program in the Middle East; however, this is not required.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to:

Contact Person

Jodi Stewart Khater
411 Withers hall

Plan Requirements 

  •  Completion of 15 credit hours as required.
  • 9 Credit hours must be taken at NC State and a maximum of six (6) credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another institution.
  • A maximum of two (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  •  A minimum of C- is required for all courses.
  •  No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
Required Course
Select one of the following 201-level Middle Eastern language courses: 13
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Persian I
Elective Courses
Select four of the following:12
Special Topics in Anthropology (appropriate Middle East offerings per approval of the minor advisor)
Ancient Mediterranean World
Modern Middle East
Modern Egypt
Civilization of the Ancient Near East
Modern European Imperialism
Oil and Crisis in the Gulf
History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Women in the Middle East
History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1900-Present
Seminar in History (topic must be related to Middle East and approved by Program Administrator)
Independent Study in History (appropriate Middle East offerings per approval of the minor advisor)
Intermediate Arabic II
Advanced Intermediate Arabic I
Media Arabic
Literature, Cinema and Culture of the Francophone World
Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures (appropriate Middle East offerings per approval of the minor advsior)
Independent Study in Foreign Language or Literature (appropriate Middle East offerings per approval of the minor advisor)
Intermediate Persian II
Governments and Politics in the Middle East
Religious Traditions of the World
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to Judaism
Islamic History to 1798
Islam in the Modern World
Religion and Conflict
Special Topics in Religious Studies (appropriate Middle East offerings per approval of the minor advisor)
Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures (appropriate language offerings per approval of the minor advisor)
Total Hours15

Important Notes regarding the required language course:

  • Most students will need to take the 101/102 series of language courses prior to their enrollment in the required 201 course, and should plan their schedules accordingly.
  • The Student may waive the Language Course requirement by showing proficiency at the 201 level in a Middle Eastern language. Please contact the Middle East Studies minor advisor to make an appointment for the proficiency test.
  • Related language courses taken at NCSU above the 201 level may be counted as elective courses for the Middle East Studies minor.


  • Students are required to obtain the approval of the minor advisor for special topics courses before enrolling in such courses.
  • Middle East language courses that are above 201 can also be counted as part of the 12 credit hour requirement.
  • Courses taken as part of the 12 credit hour requirement must be from 2 or more different departments.