General Information

The Middle East is the most significant and consequential region shaping contemporary world politics and dynamics. Strong knowledge of the Middle East is a major asset to graduates seeking employment in governmental institutions and the private sector, or going on to graduate school and into academia. The Middle East Studies Center's Middle East and Central Asia Certificate provides students with the opportunity for a rich multidisciplinary learning experience, with a choice of courses in the fields of international relations, geography, history, political science, religious studies, sociology/anthropology, and modern languages, among others. The program defines the “Middle East” broadly, encompassing the study of adjacent regions including Central Asia and the larger Muslim world. Two semesters of Arabic, Hebrew, or another regional language are required. The 18 hour Certificate may be awarded to current FIU undergraduate students.

Certificate Requirements

"Enroll in the program by completing the Certificate form (see link below) and the University application form for the certificate (see link below)."

A total of 18 credit hours of undergraduate course work from three categories of courses listed below, with the approval of the Director, with a grade of C or higher.

1) Core Requirements: (6 credits)

Select one of the following courses (3 credits):

  • ASH 3223 History of the Middle East from the 1800 to the Present
  • INR 3274 International Relations of the Middle East
  • GEA 3635 Population and Geography of the Middle East
  • CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East

Select one of the following courses (3 credits)

  • INR 4082 Islam in International Relations
  • REL 3362 Islamic Faith and Society
  • REL 3320 Moses, Jesus, Mohammed
  • REL 4666 Voice of the Prophet/The Prophet Speaks
  • REL 4993 Interpreting the Quran: Gender & Jihad

NOTE: All courses listed in the above two core categories, with the exception of two courses chosen by student as “core”, could also be taken as “Electives”. The above courses are thus listed below in the Elective section.

2) Language Requirement (up to 6 credits):

Students are required to obtain two semesters or equivalent of a Middle Eastern language (e.g. Arabic or Hebrew). Exemption from this requirement may be obtained through a proficiency examination administered by the FIU Department of Modern Languages or the Middle East Studies Center. Language courses are listed below.

  • ARA 1130 Arabic I
  • ARA 1131 Arabic II
  • ARA 2240 Intermediate Arabic
  • HBR 1130 Hebrew I
  • HBR 1131 Hebrew II
  • HBR 2200 Intermediate Hebrew
  • HBR 3100 Biblical Hebrew I
  • HBR 3101 Biblical Hebrew II
  • TUR 1130 Turkish I
  • TUR 1131 Turkish II

3) Elective Courses (6 credits):

All students are to choose two courses (6 credits) from the courses listed below:

  • ANT 4930 Topics: People of the Middle East
  • ARA 3993 Arabic Language and Culture
  • CPO 4930 Topics: Iraq-Politics and Society
  • CPO 4401 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • EUH 4123 Medieval Holy War
  • EVR 3402 Asian Environmental Issues
  • GEA 3554 Geography of Russia and Central Eurasia
  • GEA 3705 Geography of Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • HIS 3314 Women and Gender in Medieval Eurasia
  • INR 3226 International Relations of Central Asia and the Caucuses
  • INR 3262 International Relations of Russia and the Former USSR
  • REL 3220 Moses, Priests and Prophets
  • REL 3314 Religion on the Silk Road
  • REL 4361 Women in Islam
  • REL 4312 Jews of Asia

In addition to the courses listed above, relevant special topics, independent study, study abroad credits, and area studies or comparative studies courses may also, with the approval of the Director, be applied. Students must consult the list of eligible courses announced at the beginning of the academic year or semester through the Center.

For more information, contact the Middle East Studies Center, SIPA 528. Email: mesc@fiu.edu; phone: (305) 348-1792.

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Fall 2018



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