Middle Eastern Studies Minor Requirements

Program Director:Shari Lowin Office: Old Student Union 206 Phone: 508-565-1285slowin@stonehill.edu

The minor in Middle Eastern Studies requires the completion of six courses.

Middle Eastern Courses

Complete at least Four Middle East Courses at the 200-Level or Above.

Code Course Credits

ARB 131

Elementary Arabic I

Offered: Fall Semester

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence introducing students to Modern Standard Arabic. By completing both semesters, students will reach the "novice high" proficiency level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competence.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ARB 132

Elementary Arabic II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of ARB 131 - Elementary Arabic I.

Prerequisite(s): ARB 131.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ARB 231

Intermediate Arabic I

Offered: Fall Semester

This is the first course of the two-semester sequence in Modern Standard Arabic at the Intermediate level. By completing both semesters, students will reach the "Intermediate Mid-Level" in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Prerequisite(s): ARB 132 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ARB 232

Intermediate Arabic II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is continuation of ARB 231 - Intermediate Arabic I.

Prerequisite(s): ARB 231.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ARB 331

Advanced Arabic I

Offered: Fall Semester

In both semesters of Advanced Arabic, students build upon their previous knowledge and develop the ability to: speak simple dialogue of paragraph length; understand more authentic speech; write a series of coherent paragraphs; read authentic text to acquire information. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues.

Prerequisite(s): ARB 232 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ARB 332

Advanced Arabic II

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course is a continuation of ARB 331.

Prerequisite(s): ARB 331.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

HIS 278

History of the Islamic World I

Offered: Fall Semester

This course explores the historical development of Islamic societies from the pre-Islamic period to roughly 1500 CE. We will develop a nuanced understanding of cultural, intellectual, spiritual, political and economic themes important to the formation of classical Islamic civilization, through studying primary texts in translation, visual arts and contemporary scholarship.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology minors.Considered a World History.

3

HIS 290

History of the Islamic World II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores the historical development of Muslim societies from roughly 1500 CE to the present. We will develop a nuanced understanding of cultural, intellectual, spiritual, political and economic themes important to the contemporary Muslim world in its global context, through studying primary texts in translation, visual arts and contemporary scholarship.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology minors.Considered a World History.

3

HIS 362

World History Seminar: Topical     (When Topic is Middle Eastern)

Offered: Spring Semester

Offers an opportunity to study a specific area or problem in World history in greater depth. Seminar format focusing on discussion of primary sources and secondary literature. Alternating topics to be announced prior to registration.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a World History.

3

POL 356

Politics of the Middle East

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course will focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict and relationships among the Arab states; the roll of the major powers in the Middle East's consideration of ideas and political manifestations of nationalism,the impact of imperialism, problems of development, and politics of oil, finally, the impact of ethnicity, tribalism culture and religion in explaining politic in the Middle Eastern states.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 206

Islamic Traditions

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Studies the Arabian environment, Muhammed (founder), Qur'an (sacred writings), and mysticism, sects, and legal and social institutions of Islam.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 209

Religion and Culture of the Jewish People

Offered: Spring Semester

A survey of key texts, beliefs, and practices of Jewish culture and religious practice, including the Bible, classic texts, holidays and holy days, Zionism, modern American Jews, and Israel.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 275

Hard Rockin' Jews: Judaism and Pop Culture in Israel

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

For 2000 years Judaism has been a minority religion in majority "other" cultures. With the establishment of Israel, Judaism became the majority culture of a nation-state. This course examine how the religion of Judaism both influences and is influenced by the secular culture of the modern State of Israel.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 301

Islam and the Bible: Jewish and Muslim Morality and Ethics

Offered: Fall Semester

As brother religions vying for the same sacred history, Islam and Judaism trace the genesis of their spiritual and biological communities back to the very same founding parents. Yet Islam is not Judaism, Muslims are not Jews, and vice versa. Rather, the two traditions are, and understand themselves to be, distinct entities with distinct value systems. By comparing the Jewish and Muslim accounts of the shared Biblical ancestors, as well the often colorful exegesis on these narratives, this course will investigate various matters of moral and ethical concern to these communities and the lessons thereby imparted by each tradition.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 312

Archaeology and the Bible

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Introduction to the archaeology of Palestine, with special focus on the interrelationship of excavated and textual data.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology minors.

3

REL 317

Gods, Kings and Justice in the Ancient World

Offered: Spring Semester

Who speaks for Justice? Where does Justice come from? This course examines these and related questions by analyzing and comparing ancient texts such as the Babylonian law code of Hammurabi, Egyptian hymns, Homer's Odyssey, and the biblical prophets. Ancient works of art treating issues of justice are also examined.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 336

Women in the Islamic Tradition

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

The treatment of women and women's issues in the Islamic tradition through both primary sources (in translation) and secondary sources: women in Muhammad's life and the role they played in Islamic society; the treatment of women and women-related issues in the Islamic tradition, including both legal and non-legal matters; and the writings of modern Muslim women scholars on Islam as they look at these same issues with a new perspective and present new interpretations.

Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 338

Sex and God: Love Songs in Medieval Spain

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

An examination of the secular love poetry penned by religious scholars of the 10th-13th centuries in medieval Spain. We will explore the ways in which these pious standard-bearers of religion used sacred images and accounts from the Bible/Qur'an and exegetical traditions in their secular love poems, to both male and female beloveds, and what messages were thus embedded.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

REL 331

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Offered: Fall Semester

A systematic introduction to biblical Hebrew emphasizing grammar and vocabulary with the intention of reading short passages of biblical prose by the end of the semester. Daily preparation and active class participation mandatory.

Completion of both REL 331 and REL 332 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II may fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SPA 353

Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spanish Texts

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2015, 2017

An examination of how Christians, Jews, and Muslims; their roles; and their interaction are represented in medieval Spanish texts. To understand the complex relationship that existed between members of these three dominant faiths, special attention will be given to the socio-political, legal, and cultural climate of the Iberian Peninsula. Genres examined will include, among others, poetry, historiography, and exemplar prose.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher course.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

General Courses

Code Course Credits

ANT 105

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall Semester

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 228 Cultural Anthropology.Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minors. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ANT 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course is an overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguists, focusing on the relationship between language, culture, and society. Students will explore the nature of human language by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create the social worlds in which we live.

This course formerly offered as SOC 233 Language and Culture. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minors. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

BUS 336

International Business

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course introduces the students to the economic, political, and cultural environments affecting international business. In addition, the influence of government on trade, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange, export and import strategies, and the impact of multinational enterprises will be discussed. Students will also be exposed to the comprehensive set of dynamics that comprise international business decision environments and will learn to evaluate alternative courses of action in a global setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on areas of current importance. Extensive use of cases and readings.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies programs. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

4

COM 315

Intercultural Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semester

Examines the role of communication in the creation and transmission of cultural knowledge and practice. Discusses the impact of communication differences in cross cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s): COM 105.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor & Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ECO 219

History of World Economic Development

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017 and 2019

The world has experienced an extraordinary but unevenly distributed increase in material living standards over the last 250 years. This course examines major developments, issues, and controversies related to long run economic development and change. Themes include the causes of technological leadership, the connection between technological change and business structure, and the spread of industry.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Latin American Studies programs with permission of the Program Directors.

3

ECO 311

International Economics

Offered: Spring Semester

This course covers the major themes of the theory of international trade. The gains from trade, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, the theories of international trade such as the theory of absolute and comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin theory will be studied. The justifications for trade protection, its effects on the economy, historical and contemporary U.S. trade policy and the economics of regional trade agreements will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176 and ECO 178 (or their corresponding First-Year Seminar equivalents.)
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies programs. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ECO 343

International Finance

Offered: Offered Periodically (Spring 2016)

Different aspects of the international financial markets, international trade, and balance of payments are studied by using analytical models of an open economy. This course examines the structure and the performance of the foreign exchange market through an extensive use of the Bloomberg technology. Using Bloomberg, students learn the interactions between economic news, global financial markets and exchange rates. Particular emphasis is placed on current issues related to the global financial crisis, international monetary system, the European Union and The European Bank. Other topics include money and financial management for international corporations, interest and commodity arbitrage, spot and forward currency markets. Bloomberg Financial Terminals and Bridge Telerate are used in the course in order to give students a more hands-on knowledge of the international financial markets.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176 and ECO 178 or their corresponding First-Year Seminar equivalents.
May not receive credit for both ECO 343 and BUS 425.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor and Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

HIS 353

A World at War

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Organized violence represents one of the most common of human activities. Warfare shapes, and is shaped by, deep seated political, social, economic, religious, and technological values and attitudes. For good or ill, warfare has played, and continues to play, a key role in shaping the world we live in. The course explores warfare and its consequences from a world historical perspective from Paleolithic times to ancient China and the Middle East to modern day forms of state and extra-state violence.

Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 143

International Politics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An exploration of the formation of foreign policy, the structure and processes of international systems, patterns of conflict, economic and security issues, and institutions and processes of conflict resolution.

Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and the Middle Eastern Studies minors

3

POL 234

Comparing States

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The variations in political systems of states will be explored in terms of state-society relations. Types of democratic and authoritarian systems will be investigated, as well as conditions of their consolidation, change or transformation. In addition, the role of such forces as political protest and participation, ideologies and civil society on shaping politics and policy outcomes will be explored through comparative case studies of countries around the world.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 344

Contemporary Global Issues

Offered: Spring Semester

Key issues in international relations: Terrorism, civil and ethnic conflict, economic interdependence, weapons of mass destruction, international political economy, human rights, failed states, and global warming.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 353

International Law and Organizations

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Explores the extent to which international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are able to alter the contours of statehood and state sovereignty and whether such international organizations serve or dominate state actors. Case studies are Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 377

International Political Economy

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

The course focuses on the political drivers of global trade and production and offers a political framework in which to examine the functioning of global financial systems. Issues of wealth generation, poverty, foreign aid and income inequality at the global level are examined. It also includes the basics of international development theory and its practical applications.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies programs. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

SOC 202

Sociology of Globalization

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

VPM 237

Musical Instruments of the World

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course is an introduction to ancient and modern instruments. Students will develop an understanding of instruments through the use of listening exercises, video, and hands-on experiences. Assignments will draw from Western and non-Western repertories and will connect instrumental and cultural heritages.

Student will attend live concerts and field trips.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

Foreign Language Courses

Students may take up to two foreign language courses (even at the 100-Level), either through directed study with faculty, or by taking transfer courses elsewhere.

Appropriate languages include:

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Kurdish
  • Persian
  • Turkish

Other languages may be approved by the Program Director.

Note:

Students may petition the Program Director for credit approval for relevant courses not included on these lists.