Arab Studies, Minor College of Letters & Science

The Arab Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to learn about the pre-modern and modern history, cultures, societies, and diasporas of Arabic-speaking peoples of West Asia and North Africa as well as other users of Arabic. The Arab Studies Minor is open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Minor Advisor

Consult the Middle East/South Asia Studies Advisor in 1287 Social Science & Humanities, 530-752-3576, or at Middle East/South Asia Studies.

MSA 100Middle East & South Asia: Comparative Perspectives4
MSA 180Topics in Middle East & South Asian Studies4
HIS 193AHistory of the Modern Middle East, 1750-19144
or HIS 193B History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914
MSA 181CTopics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies4
or MSA 182C Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar
Core Course List
Choose additional electives from the Core Course list:4-15
No more than one lower division course can be counted toward the minor requirements.
Great Cities of Arab Middle East & South Asia
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings
A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights
Themes in the Arabic Novel
Women & Islamic Discourses
Women & Islamic Discourses
Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies
Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar
Peoples of the Middle East
Elementary Arabic 1
Accelerated Intensive Elementary Arabic
Elementary Arabic 2
Elementary Arabic 3
Intermediate Arabic 21
Intermediate Arabic 22
Intermediate Arabic 23
Advanced Arabic
Advanced Arabic
Advanced Arabic
Directed Group Study
The Islamic City
Literatures of the Islamic World
Classical Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1900
Literatures of the Modern Middle East
Introduction to the Middle East
Undergraduate Proseminar in History: Muslim Societies
History of Jews in the Muslim World
History of Modern North Africa, 1800 to the Present
Middle Eastern History I: The Rise of Islam, 600-1000
Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusades, 1001-1400
Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730
History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914
History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914
International Politics of the Middle East
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Introduction to Islam
The Qur'an & Its Interpretation
Introduction to Islamic Thought
Modern Islam
Introduction to Islamic Law
Social Life of Islam
Gender in the Arab World
With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in advance the Program Committee to accept other elective courses toward the minor program if the content is 50% or more on the Arab World.
With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in advance the Program Committee to accept more than 4 units of MSA 181C and/or MSA 182C towards the minor program.
Total Units20-31