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Middle East Studies Courses

Course offerings are constantly changing. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for the most up-to-date listing.

* Indicates course may be petitioned for credit toward the Middle East Studies minor.

Fall 2019

JWSP 1 – Beginning Hebrew (Alana Shuster)

LIAB 1A – Arabic Conversation (Youniss El Cheddadi and Dima Saab)

LIAB 1AX – Analysis of Arabic (Abdelhak Akjeje)

LIAB 1D – Arabic Conversation (Youniss El Cheddadi)

LIAB 1DX – Analysis of Arabic (Abdelhak Akjeje)

HINE 111 – History of Medieval Middle East (Nir Shafir)*

HINE 119 – U.S. Middle East Policy Post World War II (Michael Provence)

HINE 186 – Middle East Research Colloquium

USP 189 – Jerusalem: Communities and Conflict (Marik Shtern)*



Winter 2020

LIAB 1B – Arabic Conversation (TBA)

LIAB 1BX – Analysis of Arabic (TBA)

LIAB 1E – Arabic Conversation (TBA)

LIAB 1EX – Arabic Conversation (TBA)

JWSP 2 – Intermediate Hebrew (Alana Shuster)

HINE 109 – History of the Middle East (1200 – 1800): The Ottoman Empire (Nir Shafir)

HINE 116 – The Middle East in the Age of European Empires (Hasan Kayali)

HINE 120 – The Middle East in the New Century (Michael Provence)*

Spring 2020

LIAB 1C – Arabic Conversation (TBD)

LIAB 1CX – Analysis of Arabic (TBD)

JWSP 3 – Intermediate Hebrew Continued (Alana Shuster)

HINE 118 – The Middle East in the Twentieth Century (Hasan Kayali)

HINE 127 – History of Modern Turkey (Hasan Kayali)

Petitioning Courses

In any given semester there are likely classes offered (special topics courses, new courses, seminars), not listed above, that will count toward this major or minor through petition. In order for a course to be eligible for petition 50% of the course content must be related to a student's major or minor field of study.

To petition a course students need to:

  1. Fill out an Undergraduate General Student Petition (PDF)
  2. Gather supporting documentation (syllabi, course descriptions, and/or written student work)
  3. Turn in the completed Undergraduate General Student Petition and supporting documentation to the CAESAR Programs Coordinator.


Below is a listing of all the courses that have been approved or are pending approval (marked with an *) to count toward the completion of the Middle East Studies minor. For a description of courses listed below, see appropriate departmental listing in the UC San Diego General Catalog.

Core Courses

ANTH 199 Independent Study (Middle East Anthropology)

ANSC 133 Peoples and Culture of the Middle East (formerly ANRG 122)

HINE 111 History of Medieval Middle East*

HINE 114 History of the Islamic Middle East

HINE 116 The Middle East in the Age of European Empires

HINE 118 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century

HINE 119 U.S. Mid-East Policy - Post WW II

HINE 120 The Middle East in the New Century*

HINE 126 Iranian Revolution in Historical Perspective

HINE 127 History of Modern Turkey

HINE 145 Islam and Science: The History of Science in the Middle East (600–1950)

HINE 166 Nationalism in the Middle East

HINE 186 Special Topics in Middle Eastern History

HINE 199 Independent Study (Middle East History)

HITO 105 Jews and Judaism in the Modern World

LTWL 141 Islam and Modernity

LTWL 160 Women in Literature: Arabic Women in Literature & Society

POLI 121 Middle East Politics

POLI 138D Special Topics/Comparative Politics: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

SOCI 158 Islam in the Modern World

SOCI 188F Modern Jewish Societies and Israeli Society

SOCI 188I The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

SOCI 199 Independent Study (Middle East Sociology)

TWS 25  Third-World Literatures

Supporting Courses

ANAR 140 Foundations/Social Complex/Near East

ANAR 141 Prehistory of the Holy Land

ANTH 3  World Prehistory*

JWSP 1-2-3 Hebrew

JWSP 101 Introduction to Hebrew Texts

JWSP 102 Intermediate Hebrew Texts

JWSP 103 Advanced Hebrew Texts

HIEU 117 Greece and the Balkans

HINE 102 The Jews in Their Homeland in Antiquity

HINE 103 The Jewish Diaspora in Antiquity

HINE 104 The Bible and the Ancient Near East

HINE 106 The Bible and the Near East: The Writings

HINE 107 Ancient Egypt: History and Culture

HINE 108 The Middle East before Islam

HINE 109 History of the Ottoman Empire

HINE 112A Great Stories from the Hebrew Bible

HINE 112B Great Poems from the Hebrew Bible

HINE 113 Ancient Near East Mythology

HINE 115* Death and Dying in Antiquity

HINE 160 Special Topics in the Bible and Ancient Near East

HINE 162 Anthropology and the Hebrew Bible

HINE 163 Topics in the Ancient World

HINE 170 Special Topics in Jewish History

LIHL 116 Arabic for Arabic Speakers*

LIAB 1A/1AX Arabic*

LIAB 1B/1BX Arabic*

LIAB 1C/1CX Arabic*

LIAB 1D/1DX Arabic*

RELI 149 Islam in America*