10/21/15- New Minor in Middle Eastern Studies The Middle Eastern Studies (MES) minor is offered to MSU students as formal acknowledgement of the completion of a specialized program of study over and above their normal degree requirements that leads to greater proficiency in areas related to Middle Eastern Studies.
Once completing the MES minor, students will able to demonstrate knowledge of the profound impact of Near and Middle Eastern civilizations on the cultures of the world in areas such as literature, religion, science, and politics. Additionally, students will be able to put into a historical context many of the political and cultural relationships shared by those who live in and interact with geographical areas included in the Middle East. They will also be able to identify and discuss some of the current cultural, social, and political issues at play in the Middle East, such as gender, religion, ethnicity/identity, pop culture, the Arab Spring, and recent conflicts in Palestine/Israel, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria.
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