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The Certificate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
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Certificate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
The region commonly referred to as the Middle East includes over 20 Arabic speaking countries, as well as Iran, Turkey, and Israel, and spans Southwest Asia and North Africa. A culturally, religiously, and linguistically diverse region, the Middle East today is one of the most geo-politically critical regions in the world. It is the birthplace of the three major monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the home of medieval Islamic civilizations, and home to rich literary, architectural, and religious traditions. Islam, a monotheistic faith that began in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century, is today practiced by over one billion people and is diversely expressed through a vast geographic, linguistic, and cultural terrain, from West Africa to East Asia. The Certificate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies provides students the opportunity to formally explore the cultural, political, and religious diversity of the Middle East and the Islamic worlds.
Students currently pursuing the requirements of the MEIS Certificate or interested in doing so should complete the Statement of Intent form. Students who have completed the requirements for the MEIS certificate and are graduating in December or May must complete the Program of Study form and the Certificate Completion form and submit them to the office of the certificate director, Haytham Bahoora, 215 Humanities, two months prior to the end of the semester.
*The certificate requires a total of 25 credit hours to include both language and content courses.
*One year of either Arabic or Farsi language. Only language courses beginning at the Intermediate level (2000 level) will count toward fulfilling certificate credit hour requirements. Advanced Arabic language courses can also fulfill content course requirements. In addition to Arabic or Farsi, students are encouraged to study another Middle Eastern language, such as Hebrew or Turkish (although Turkish is not currently offered at CU, there may be a possibility for interested students to study Turkish through DILS--Direct Independent Language Study).
*The certificate requires that students complete 15 credit hours (five courses) of approved content courses with a grade of C- or better (see approved list of content courses below). Of these five courses, one must be the introductory course "Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilizations" (ARAB 1011) and three (at least 9 credit hours) must be upper division.
*As a certificate program with a focus on Islamic studies, at least two of the five content courses must have a specific focus on Islam and the Islamic world. The required “Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilizations” will count as one of these two content courses.
*A student who participates in an approved study abroad program may earn up to 6 hours of lower division credit (2 courses) and 10 credit hours for language study at an intermediate or advanced level. Approval of study abroad credits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the certificate’s advisor.
*Students should also consult with the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Certificate advisor annually and must fulfill the requirements for a B.A. or B.S. degree in an established major in a school or college of the University of Colorado.
List of Approved Courses:
ANTH 4050/JWST 4050: Topics: Cultures of Israel & Palestine
ANTH 4180: Global Islams
ARAB 1011: Intro to Arab and Islamic Civilizations
ARAB 3330: The Arabic Novel
ARAB 3340: Representing Islam
FRSI 1011: Intro to Persian Civilization
GEOG 3724: Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture
GEOG 4742: Geographies of Contemporary Muslim Societies: Islam, Biopolitics, & the Postcolonial
HEBR/JWST 2350: Introduction to Jewish Culture
HEBR/JWST 4203: Israeli Literature: Exile, Nation, Home
HIST 1308: Intro to Middle Eastern History
HIST 3328-003: Seminar in Middle Eastern History
HIST 4318-003: The Medieval Middle East. A.D. 500-1600
HIST 4328: The Modern Middle East, 1600 to the Present
HIST 4329: Islam in the Modern World: Revivalism, Modernism, and Fundamentalism, 1800-2001
HIST 4348: Jews under Islam
HIST 4368: History and Society of Modern Arabia, 1800-2001
HIST 4528: Islam in South and Southeast Asia
IAFS 3000-003: Special Topics in IAFS: Statebuilding in the 21st century
IAFS 3000-004: Special Topics: Political Economy of the Middle East
IAFS: 3300-004: Economy, Politics, and Society in the Middle East
IAFS 4500: The Post-Cold War World: Afghanistan and Iraq
IAFS 4500: Understanding 9/11: Causes, Events, Legacies
IAFS 4500: The Geopolitics and Economics of Oil
JWST 1108: Introduction to Jewish History
JWST 4302: Justice, Democracy, and Human Rights in Israel and the West Bank
RLST 2600: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
RLST 3600: Islam
RLST 4650: Islam and the Modern World
RLST 4820: Islam and Modernity
RLST 4820/5820: Religious Minorities in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean
RLST 5820: Gender, Sex, Modernity and Islam
RLST 5840: Islam and the Politics of Affect
WMST 3220: Women in Islam
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