Middle East Studies Minor


15 credits in minor courses, including:

Course offerings for Middle East Studies vary frequently and often include Special Topics, Topics In, and Honors College courses. Before registration each semester, a list of eligible courses is posted as a See Also list in the Schedule of Courses (Classic Version). Many of those courses will not show up immediately in students’ degree audits. The courses listed in this table are always eligible and should automatically be applied in degree audits.
HISTORY. 1 course/3 credits from the following:3
HST numbered 1420 to 1429, or 2420 to 2429
CORE COURSES. 1 course/3 credits from the following:3
Contemporary Israel
Introducing Islam
Int'l Politics Middle East
ELECTIVES. 3-9 additional credits from the following:3-9
Topics in Middle East History
Islam and Modernity
HST numbered 1420 to 1429, or 2420 to 2429
Students are strongly encouraged to take one year of a Middle Eastern language such as Arabic or Hebrew. Up to 6 credits of language study may be counted toward the minor.0-6
With the approval of the director of the program and the instructor, up to 3 additional credits from the following:0-3
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Students may also consult with the Middle East Studies director and propose other courses with sufficient Middle East content to fulfill the requirements. The director of the program must approve any course not listed before it can be considered to fulfill the requirements for the minor. Students are encouraged to focus these courses on the Middle East when possible, such as choosing a Middle East topic for research projects in the course.
Study Abroad: Students who are pursuing the Middle East Studies minor are encouraged to spend a portion of their time at UVM abroad. Seven credits toward your minor may be taken abroad. Consult the Global & Regional Studies Study Abroad website for more information.
At least 9 credits must be at the 2000-level or above for courses taught in English or at the 3000-level or above for foreign language courses.


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach some of the courses that can be applied to the minor.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two minors.

Courses for the minor and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the minor in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s minor requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation. For a Bachelor of Science degree, the maximum is 50 credits.

At least half of the credits used to complete minor requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.