Learning Goals

The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies interdepartmental program offers a wide variety of courses covering multiple disciplines from Religious Studies to Political Science. Each student should be able to focus upon those areas that best meet his or her particular interests and also develop a broad training that touches upon other disciplines related to the field. To that end, students should:
  1. Be able to frame questions, investigate problems and evaluate conclusions using one or more academic disciplines or approaches (e.g. historical analysis, political science, social scientific analysis, and critical theories in the study of religion).
  2. Be able to directly access the language(s) and culture(s) of the Middle East, in order to obtain a more objective understanding of issues pertaining to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies.
  3. Be familiar with and recognize scholarly conventions and debates concerning the Middle East and Islamic Studies.
  4. Be able to critically assess claims made by those in the field and in the mass media.
  5. Be able to appreciate diversity in and between the political, cultural, and religious traditions of the Middle East, and to contribute to a greater understanding in the service of a more just and peaceful society.
To achieve these skills, students should know:
  1. The general history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam until the contemporary period, with specialized knowledge of their particular area, or period, of interest.
  2. The contemporary political economics and social institutions of the Middle East.
  3. The history of ideas in the Middle East and its relation to contemporary events.