Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
Director: Farid Senzai
The interdisciplinary minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) provides an introduction to the various cultures, peoples, and religions—Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, in addition to other faith traditions—of the Middle East, as well as the diverse forms of Islamic practice and local religious customs in Muslim societies throughout the world. This program also encourages the study of diaspora and immigrant communities where Islamic and Middle Eastern populations constitute a religious or ethnic minority.
Students enrolled in this minor have the opportunity to sample a variety of methodologies and academic disciplines—including anthropology, art history, literary criticism, history, political science, and religious studies—that address the Middle East in particular and the Islamic world at large.
The AIMES interdisciplinary minor is ideal for students who want to develop the intellectual resources for thoughtful and informed engagement with current issues in the Middle East and the Islamic world. AIMES is also well suited for students considering work with overseas aid organizations, government and military service, international business, or graduate programs in international studies.
Requirements for the Minor
Students must complete a total of nine courses—six culture courses and three Arabic language courses—for a minor in AIMES. Details concerning these requirements are as follows:
Students must take a total of six culture courses relating to AIMES (two lower-level and four upper-level) from at least three different departments. No more than two courses may be counted for AIMES credit from the department in which a student majors. A maximum of three courses for AIMES credit may be taken from any one department.
Three quarters of Arabic are required. Students with prior knowledge of a relevant language may take a test that certifies that they have fulfilled this requirement.
In lieu of one of the six required courses in Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures, students may elect to do an independent study/reading course on a project in consultation with a member of the AIMES Faculty Advisory Council. This project may entail fieldwork with local Muslim and diaspora Middle Eastern communities in the Bay Area.
Students enrolled in the AIMES minor are strongly encouraged to participate in SCU-approved study abroad programs that pertain to Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies. Before enrolling in any such program, students should check with the director and faculty members of the AIMES minor as well as the Global Engagement Office.
ANTH 156. Anthropology of Muslim Peoples and Practices
ANTH 187. Middle East: Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 188. Middle East: Culture and Change
Art History Courses
ARTH 24. From Damascus to Dubai: A Survey of the Visual Culture of the Middle East
ARTH 121. Venice and the Other in the Renaissance
ARTH 164. Islamic Art, 600–1350 CE
Ethnic Studies Courses
ETHN 80. Introduction to the Study of Muslim and Arab Americans in the United States
HIST 120. The Crusades: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
HIST 144S. Islam in Africa
Modern Languages and Literatures Courses
ARAB 1. Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 2. Elementary Arabic II
ARAB 3. Elementary Arabic III
ARAB 21. Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 22. Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 23. Intermediate Arabic III
ARAB 50. Intermediate Arabic Conversation
ARAB 137. Arabic Language, Culture and Identity
ARAB 171. Reading the Quran
ARAB 185: Arab American Experience
ARAB 199. Directed Reading
FREN 114. Literatures and Cultures of the Maghreb
FREN 173. Immigration, Race, and Identity in Contemporary France
Political Science Courses
POLI 139. Religion and Politics in the Developing World
POLI 142. Politics in the Middle East
POLI 192. Senior Seminar: Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
POLI 196. Senior Seminar: US Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East
Religious Studies Courses
RSOC 7. South and Southeast Asian Religious Traditions
RSOC 67. Film and Judaism
RSOC 81. Islam
RSOC 126. Sufi Islam and Christian Mysticism
RSOC 174. Jewish Philosophy: Athens and Jerusalem
RSOC 182. Shia Islam in the Contemporary World
RSOC 190. Islam: Reformation and Modernity
SCTR 19. Religions of the Book
SCTR 48. Racializing Jesus
TESP 88. Hope and Prophetic Politics