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Middle East Studies Minor

The minor consists of 7 upper division courses, or 4 upper division courses and a 3 course sequence of a Middle Eastern language. 3 of the upper division courses have to deal with the Middle East since the emergence of Islam, listed under "Core Courses" on the website and in the general catalog. Approved courses are listed under Courses on the Middle East Studies website and in the general catalog. All courses used to meet requirements for a minor in Middle East Studies must be taken for a letter grade and be passed with a grade of C- or better.
Minor Planning Guide [PDF]

Option A: 7 Upper-Division Courses

3 Upper-Division Core Courses (since the emergence of Islam) 
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
4 Upper-Division Elective Courses (can be core or elective courses)
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter

 

Option B: 2 Lower-Division and 5 Upper-Division Courses 

2 Lower-Division Courses
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
TBA XX LD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA XX LD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
5 Upper-Division: 3 core courses (since the emergence of Islam); remaining can be core or electives
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter

 

Option C: Language 

3 Course Lower-Division Language Sequence
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
TBA XX LD Language UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA XX LD Language UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA XX LD Language UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
4 Upper-Division: 3 core courses (since the emergence of Islam); the last can be core or elective
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Core Course UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter

Middle Eastern Language Courses

Students may complete a three course language series. Any language spoken in the Middle East is acceptable here:

Hebrew

Beginning Three Course Series: JWSP 1-2-3
Hebrew is offered by the Jewish Studies program. Please visit their webpage for more information including questions regarding placement.

Arabic

Beginning Three Course Series:LIAB 1A/AX-1B/BX-1C/CX
Arabic is offered by the Linguistics Department through their Language Program. Please visit the Language Program's webpage for more information including questions regarding placement.

Heritage Language

Heritage Languages Offered: Arabic, Persian
Heritage Language courses are designed for students who grew up in a family where a language other than English was spoken--students who understand a bit of that language, but do not necessarily have a strong command of the language's grammar are in a perfect position to take a course in the Heritage Language Program. Heritage Language courses are offered by the Linguistics Department. Information about the Heritage Language Program and placement can be found on the Linguistics Department's Heritage Language page.

Study Abroad

Middle East Studies students are encouraged to participate in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) or UC San Diego's Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) to complete requirements. More information about UCEAP or OAP can be found on the Study Abroad website. You may also contact the Study Abroad Office at 858-534-1123 or via email at abroad@ucsd.edu.

Students considering study abroad must meet with the Middle East Studies Program Director before going abroad to discuss how study abroad coursework will fulfill requirements for the major. 

Students should note that:

  • courses to be applied toward the major/minor, must be the equivalent of at least 4 quarter upper-division units at UC San Diego.
  • these courses must be as academically rigorous as UC San Diego upper-division courses.

IMPORTANT

Student will need to provide supporting evidence (course descriptions, course syllabi, papers, exams, etc.) of all abroad courses to be applied toward completion of the Middle East Studies minor. Study abroad coursework will need to be petitioned upon student's return.