Middle East Studies Minor
Middle East studies (MES) focuses on the area stretching from Morocco in the west to Oman in the east, from Iran and Turkey in the north to Sudan in the south. The history and art of this region contributed to Western civilization and the area today is central to issues of global peace and prosperity.
In the tradition of liberal education, the MES minor introduces students to the heritage, problems, and perspectives of Middle Eastern cultures, thus helping them to better understand their own culture. Michigan, for example, is home to the nation's largest Arab American community, half Christian, half Muslim, with substantial Jewish congregations. Study abroad programs in Turkey and Jordan are encouraged. Visit www.gvsu.edu/pic for more details.
Coursework covers a variety of topics, including:
- Arabic language and culture
- Islamic art
- Middle East history
- Middle East literature and film
- Middle East philosophy
The program offers a variety of career options, including those in:
- Government and diplomacy
- International business
- International relations
- Non-governmental organizations
Why Study Middle East Studies?
- Prepares students for an increasingly diverse world of peoples, cultures, religions, and economies.
- Is a gateway to gaining communicative and intercultural skills in a global economy.
- Provides opportunities for study abroad and rich cultural enrichment.
- Capitalizes on increasing interest in the non-Western world from a variety of disciplines.
- Offers opportunities to participate in the Model Arab League simulations held annually.
- Provides opportunities to attend field trips to points of cultural interest locally and in the Detroit area.