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Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department (Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian)

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies offers a wide range of courses on the languages, literatures, cultures, history, and archaeology of the region. A major in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies combines the study of one or more of the languages of the region with the cultural, literary, historical, archaeological, and religious aspects of the area. This major prepares students for careers in government service, international affairs, and graduate studies. Majors in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies may elect to concentrate in specific subareas of the Middle East, such as Judaic studies, Islamic studies, South Asian studies, or archaeology. The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies also offers minors in Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, and Mediterranean archaeology.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Vincent Cornell
P9566167
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Education

  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Roxani Margariti
P2783058
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University College, 1990
  • MA, Texas A & M University, 1998
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2002

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
Oded Borowski
P6202179
Professor

Education

  • Other, Midrasha (Detroit), 1968
  • BA, Wayne State University, 1970
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1972
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1979

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Rkia Cornell
P2686546
Senior Lecturer

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Vincent Cornell
P9566167
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Education

  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
02Allal El Hajjam
P9140984
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • Doctorat d¿État, Moulay Ismail University (Meknès, Morocco), 2002

Department

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
Naama Harel
P4789360
Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Haifa., 2009
  • MA, Tel-Aviv University, 2003
  • BA, Tel-Aviv University, 1998

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
Benjamin Hary
P2052821
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BA, Hebrew University, 1977
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
Scott Kugle
P8042907
Associate Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, Duke University, 2002
  • BA, Swarthmore College, 1991

Department

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
Ruby Lal
P1422346
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Delhi, 1989
  • MA, University of Delhi, 1991
  • MPhil, University of Delhi, 1995
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2001

Department

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
Roxani Margariti
P2783058
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University College, 1990
  • MA, Texas A & M University, 1998
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2002

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Gordon Newby
P9733863
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Utah, 1962
  • MA, Brandeis University, 1964
  • PhD, Brandeis University, 1966

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Robert Phillips
P7500263
Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
  • BA, Davidson College, 1994

Department

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
Hossein Samei
P5780191
Lecturer

Education

  • BA, National University of Iran, 1979
  • MA, Tehran University, 1987
  • PhD, Tehran University, 1997

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty
Esther Simons
P5838640
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • MA, The Hebrew School of Jerusalem, 1990

Department

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
Devin Stewart
P4375105
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Princeton University, 1984
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1991

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty
Ofra Yeglin
P1708624
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Tel-Aviv University, 1985
  • MA, Tel-Aviv University, 1988
  • PhD, Tel-Aviv University, 1998

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Courses

Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies 100-Level Courses
MESAS 100: Intro To The Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the history, geography, and religions of the Middle East from ancient to modern times, focusing on how this history helped shape the Middle East of today. Required of all Middle East studies majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 102: Intro to S. Asian Civilizatns
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to the civilizations of South Asia, including an overview of the history and historiography of the region from its prehistory to the present.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 120: Israel: Cultural And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 120: Israeli Culture And Society
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the institutions and folklore of the ethnic communities in modern Israeli society and culture. In English; no knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 125: Intro To Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 125: Intro To Jewish Literature
Course Description

Readings (in English) of major works from Biblical narrative to modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and Jewish fiction. Class discussions deal with topics such as Jewish identity, exile, humor, and satire. Satisfies GER IV.A.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 130: Harem Tales
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course traces the place of women, men, and children in Islamic societies and examines gender perspectives in the writing of Islamic history via the site of the harem.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 150: Discovering Ancient Egypt
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines the culture of Ancient Egypt and the process by which European societies

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 152: Ancient Iraq
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course sets the story of the cultures and religions of ancient Iraq, including the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, within the cultural and historical matricies in which they developed.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 160: Sacred Texts of the Middle East and South Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 150: Introduction to Sacred Texts
Course Description

MESAS 160 explores how sacred texts have shaped the culture and history of the Middle East and South Asia. We will examine the history, interpretation and impact of the sacred texts of Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, and explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the world's most sacred texts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 190: Fresh Sem: Mideastern Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Exclusively for first-year students. Seminar provides introduction to various historical, religious, cultural, and linguistic aspects of the Middle East. Topics vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies 200-Level Courses
MESAS 200: Interpreting The Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Exploration of themes such as identity, community, religion, and politics in the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Readings include historical and literary texts by various Middle Eastern authors. Required of all Middle East studies majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 200W: Interpreting The Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Exploration of themes such as identity, community, religion, and politics in the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Readings include historical and literary texts by various Middle Eastern authors. Required of all Middle East studies majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 201: Reading the Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Middle Eastern literature in translation. An introduction to the literary traditions of the Middle East in English translation, exploring common theories, comparative approaches, and more. A discussion based course that fulfills the writing requirements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 201W: Reading the Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Middle Eastern literature in translation. An introduction to the literary traditions of the Middle East in English translation, exploring common theories, comparative approaches, and more. A discussion based course that fulfills the writing requirements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 202: South Asian History & Identity
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines South Asian civilization from the perspective of the transition from medieval kingdoms to modern republics. It focuses on debates about history, community and identity to ask how South Asian societies conceived of belonging, power and prosperity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 202W: South Asian History & Identity
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines South Asian civilization from the perspective of the transition from medieval kingdoms to modern republics. It focuses on debates about history, community and identity to ask how South Asian societies conceived of belonging, power and prosperity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 203: Viewing Middle East and India
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the national cinemas of Turkey, Egypt, India, Israel and Iran. It investigates how the various national film industries represent and encode questions of national identity, politics and society.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
MESAS 210: Arab World:Culture And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course introduces students to the main elements of Arab Culture and to the various aspects of social life in the modern Arab World. In English; no knowledge of Arabic required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 211: Arabic Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the main trends and works of Arabic literature in the twentieth century. No knowledge of Arabic required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 211W: Arabic Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the main trends and works of Arabic literature in the twentieth century. No knowledge of Arabic required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 221: Jewish Folklore
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the folklore and folkways of the Jewish people around the world. Students will also be introduced to the techniques and methodologies of folkloric studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 222: Modern Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 220: Modern Jewish Literature
Course Description

Readings in translation of Eastern European and Israeli authors, focusing on short fiction by Nachman of Bratslav, Abramovitsh, Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Agnon, Appelfeld, Amichai, and Yehoshua. In English.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 235: Making of Modern South Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 265: Making of Modern South Asia
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 250: Archaeology And The Bible
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 250: Archaeology and the Bible
REL 260: Archaeology And The Bible
Course Description

A careful examination of theory and methodology related to this branch of archaeology with special emphasis on famous discoveries, important sites, and the archaeological/historical background of Biblical events.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
MESAS 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Everyday life in ancient Israel (1200-586 BCE), including the economy, religion and cult, city planning, the Israelite kitchen, burials, status of women, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
REL 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
Course Description

Everyday life in ancient Israel (1200-586 BCE), including the economy, religion and cult, city planning, the Israelite kitchen, burials, status of women, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 252: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 252: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
Course Description

A survey of the history of Jerusalem from its earliest times to the Crusader period through examination of archaeological remains and other ancient sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 252W: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 252W: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
Course Description

A survey of the history of Jerusalem from its earliest times to the Crusader period through examination of archaeological remains and other ancient sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 255: Top: Mediterranean Archaeology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 259R: Fld Work In Biblical Archaeol
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 259R: Fld Work In Biblical Archaeol
REL 261R: Fldwork In Biblical Archaeol
Course Description

Summer. Excavations in the Middle East, especially with the Summer Abroad Program affiliated with the Lahav Research Project at Tell Halif.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
MESAS 260: Cultures Of The Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course introduces students to anthropological perspectives on the peoples and cultures of the Middle East (including North Africa). The purpose is to familiarize students with the cultural richness and diversity of this region.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 270: Special Topics MESAS - 200 Level
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special topics in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, at the 200 level; may be repeated when content varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 270W: Special Topics MESAS - 200 Level
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special topics in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, at the 200 level; may be repeated when content varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies 300-Level Courses
MESAS 300: Beyond Borders: Imagine ME&SA
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course investigates the ways in which past and present interactions between South Asia and the Middle East have shaped each other¿s cultures and civilizations. Using the tools and perspectives of critical geography, Indian Ocean studies, history, material culture, and network studies we examine the concatenations and convergences of economies and societies across geographical, political, and perceptual boundaries. What unites the Indian Ocean world of South Asia and the Middle East includes languages, religions, cuisines, material cultures, and the experiences and imaginations of traders and other travelers. We will explore expressions of unity and cosmopolitanism, and will investigate the processes and factors that lead to division, difference, as well as ruptures and conflicts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 300W: Beyond Borders: Imagine ME&SA
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course investigates the ways in which past and present interactions between South Asia and the Middle East have shaped each other¿s cultures and civilizations. Using the tools and perspectives of critical geography, Indian Ocean studies, history, material culture, and network studies we examine the concatenations and convergences of economies and societies across geographical, political, and perceptual boundaries. What unites the Indian Ocean world of South Asia and the Middle East includes languages, religions, cuisines, material cultures, and the experiences and imaginations of traders and other travelers. We will explore expressions of unity and cosmopolitanism, and will investigate the processes and factors that lead to division, difference, as well as ruptures and conflicts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 304: South Asian Epics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 304: South Asian Epics
Course Description

Two major epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, have had a long and sustained history in the development of civilizational values in South Asia. This course critically examines the role these epics have played in shaping South Asian civilizations, with a primary focus on literature and religion

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
MESAS 310: Voices Of Arab Women
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Explores various issues concerning Arab women through analysis of literary, documentary, critical, and film texts representing a wide range of social strata, genres, and points of view.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 311: The Sufi Way
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 361: The Sufi Way
Course Description

This course is an introduction to The Sufi Way, known as Islamic Mysticism or tasawwuf. The goal of the course is to give students an in-depth introduction to Sufism, the Muslim effort to experience God's presence and make society good. The course will focus on The Sufi Way in South Asia, encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, especially in the Chishti Order, the most popular and influential Sufi community in the region.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 312: Biographies of Muhammad
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An examination of the biographies of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, from historical, literary and social science perspectives to understand the origins of Islamic law and Muslim personal piety.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 312W: Biographies of Muhammad
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An examination of the biographies of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, from historical, literary and social science perspectives to understand the origins of Islamic law and Muslim personal piety.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 314: Hadith:Islams Second Scripture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Hadith, reports of the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad that have been collected in canonical works since the late eighth century CE.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 314W: Hadith:Islams Second Scripture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Hadith, reports of the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad that have been collected in canonical works since the late eighth century CE.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 315: The Qur'an
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 315: The Qur'an
Course Description

The Qur'an in translation, from historical and literary perspectives, looking at its use in Islam, its language, stylistics, modes of narrative, and its relationship to Jewish, Christian, and Arabian traditions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 315W: The Qur'an
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 315W: The Qur'an
Course Description

The Qur'an in translation, from historical and literary perspectives, looking at its use in Islam, its language, stylistics, modes of narrative, and its relationship to Jewish, Christian, and Arabian traditions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 316: Premodern Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 316: Premodern Islam
Course Description

This course is a survey of the major issues in the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Islamic world in the pre-modern period.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 316W: Premodern Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 316W: Premodern Islam
Course Description

This course is a survey of the major issues in the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Islamic world in the pre-modern period.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 317: Modern Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 317: Modern Islam
Course Description

This seminar analyzes the problem of Islam in modern history and focuses on religious responses to major events. Issues may include secularism and Post-Enlightenment modernism, reform movements, and Islamic liberalism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 318: Islamic Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 318: Islamic Law
Course Description

This introduction to Islamic law draws on primary texts in translation from both the medieval and modern periods. Examines controversial issues including jihad, blasphemy, drugs (coffee, tobacco, hashish, opium), the status of women, and the status of religious minorities, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 318W: Islamic Law
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 318W: Islamic Law
Course Description

This introduction to Islamic law draws on primary texts in translation from both the medieval and modern periods. Examines controversial issues including jihad, blasphemy, drugs (coffee, tobacco, hashish, opium), the status of women, and the status of religious minorities, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 320: Jewish Cult/Society In Mid Eas
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 320: Jewish Cult & Soc In Mid East
Course Description

This course investigates Jewish culture and society in the Middle East, with special emphasis on the modern period. The approach is interdisciplinary (history, ethnography, religious study, and linguistics).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 325: Israel:Land&Cultr On Location
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 325: Israeli Land & Cultr On Locatn
Course Description

Summer. This course explores the nature of Israeli society, culture, and land, on location. Summer only; in Israel. In English. No knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
MESAS 326: History Of Judaic Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 326: History Of Judaic Languages
LING 326: History Of Judaic Languages
Course Description

A course dealing with the history and structure of Judaic languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Ladino.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
LING 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
Course Description

A course dealing with the history and structure of Judaic languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Ladino.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
REL 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
Course Description

This course explores Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as other religious groups in the Holy Land in Israel. In English; no knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 328A: Sephardi History and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 328A: Sephardi History and Culture
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
350 - 400
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
MESAS 328B: Sephardi History and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 328B: Sephardi History and Culture
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
300 - 340
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
MESAS 328BW: Sephardi History and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 328BW: Sephardi History and Culture
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
300 - 340
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 335: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 335: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
Course Description

This course examines the emergence of modern languages in South Asia, the development of multilingualism, and the use of different languages in different social and cultural settings in this multilayered, multilingual, mobile environment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 335W: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 335W: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
Course Description

This course examines the emergence of modern languages in South Asia, the development of multilingualism, and the use of different languages in different social and cultural settings in this multilayered, multilingual, mobile environment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 337: Women in India
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 337: Women in India
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 348: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 348: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
Course Description

This course will explore the literatures of identity and belonging in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It will cover Modern Hebrew literature authored by Jewish-Israeli writers and literature produced by Arab Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Diaspora.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 348W: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 348W: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
Course Description

This course will explore the literatures of identity and belonging in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It will cover Modern Hebrew literature authored by Jewish-Israeli writers and literature produced by Arab Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Diaspora.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 350: Art/Archaeology:Ancient Turkey
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course explores the cultures of Anatolia through the art, architecture, and material remains uncovered over the past century of archaeological exploration. Topics include archaeological field method, early contacts with and influences on Greek civilization, the Anatolian mother goddess, and burial practices.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 350W: Art/Archaeology:Ancient Turkey
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course explores the cultures of Anatolia through the art, architecture, and material remains uncovered over the past century of archaeological exploration. Topics include archaeological field method, early contacts with and influences on Greek civilization, the Anatolian mother goddess, and burial practices.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 351: Magic/Witchcraft:Anc Med World
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines the role and practice of magic in the ancient Mediterranean world from the earliest civilizations through the Roman period. Topics include practitioners, magical techniques, possession, necromancy, human sacrifice, spells, rituals, curses, and miracles.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 351W: Magic/Witchcraft:Anc Med World
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines the role and practice of magic in the ancient Mediterranean world from the earliest civilizations through the Roman period. Topics include practitioners, magical techniques, possession, necromancy, human sacrifice, spells, rituals, curses, and miracles.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 352: Bible and Ancient Near East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

From the Garden of Eden to the Prophets, this course explores the cultural and historical milieu in which the Hebrew Bible took shape.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 352W: Bible and Ancient Near East
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

From the Garden of Eden to the Prophets, this course explores the cultural and historical milieu in which the Hebrew Bible took shape.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 355: The Great Decipherments
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Ancient Near Eastern writing systems, including cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and the alphabet, their decipherment, and their influence on later writing systems.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 360: Material Culture of Mid East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course surveys major categories of artifacts from the pre-modern Middle East and explores the ways in which these are used in historical interpretations of the societies that produced them. Architecture, ceramics, textiles, coins, and the arts of the book will be examined to reveal their economic, social, cultural, and ideological context and content.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 362: Trade & Travel in ME & SE Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This seminar explores the mechanisms and ramifications of overseas trade and travel in the Middle East and South Asia from antiquity to the seventeenth-century C.E.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 365: Orientalism: Self & Other
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Using Edward W. Said's Orientalism as a point of departure, this courses examines the politics and aesthetics of representation in South Asian and Middle Eastern literatures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 365W: Orientalism: Self & Other
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Using Edward W. Said's Orientalism as a point of departure, this courses examines the politics and aesthetics of representation in South Asian and Middle Eastern literatures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 366: Afghanistan and Central Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 366: Afghanistan and Central Asia
REL 366: Afghanistan and Central Asia
Course Description

Survey of the history, cultures, and religions of Afghanistan and Central Asia including Tibet from antiquity to modern times. Topics will include the Silk Road, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic cultures of the religion, and medieval, colonial, and modern history and politics

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
MESAS 370: Special Topics MESAS - 300 Level
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special topics in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, at the 300 level; may be repeated when content varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 370W: Special Topics MESAS - 300 Level
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special topics in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, at the 300 level; may be repeated when content varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 375: Topics In Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 375: Topics In Jewish Literature
Course Description

Seminar on special issues in Jewish writing. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 375W: Topics In Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 375W: Topics In Jewish Literature
Course Description

Seminar on special issues in Jewish writing. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 381: Islamic West 600-1600
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 381: Islamic West 600-1600
SPAN 381: Islamic West 600-1600
Course Description

This course is a historical and cultural survey of the medieval Islamic West (the Maghrib) as a single cultural unit, comprising Muslim Spain (al-Andalus), North Africa, and Sicily. The course covers cultural and religious interactions between indigenous peoples and Arab Muslims, critically examining the notion of Convivencia (co-existence) as theorized by modern Spanish and North African historians. The course also includes discussions of material culture, music, and poetry.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 390: Topics Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics abroad in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies; on location.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 390W: Topics Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics abroad in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies; on location.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 397: Dir Study In Israeli/Holy Lan
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 397: Directed Study In Israeli/Holy Lan
Course Description

Individual research on a chosen topic in Israeli or Holy Land studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies 400-Level Courses
MESAS 414: Shiite Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 414: Shiite Islam
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Shiite Islam, including a historical survey with particular attention to the Twelver and Ismaili traditions, showing how Shiism has shaped Islamic history in general.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 414W: Shiite Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 414W: Shiite Islam
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Shiite Islam, including a historical survey with particular attention to the Twelver and Ismaili traditions, showing how Shiism has shaped Islamic history in general.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 415: Great Books of Islamic World
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 415: Great Books of Islamic World
Course Description

This course focuses on intellectual history between 800 and 1000, primarily in the city of Baghdad, then the intellectual capital of the Islamic world. Through close reading, comparison of texts, and expository writing, students explore translation, genre, patronage, and their relation to the organization, transmission, and advancement of knowledge.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 415W: Great Books of Islamic World
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 415W: Great Books of Islamic World
Course Description

This course focuses on intellectual history between 800 and 1000, primarily in the city of Baghdad, then the intellectual capital of the Islamic world. Through close reading, comparison of texts, and expository writing, students explore translation, genre, patronage, and their relation to the organization, transmission, and advancement of knowledge.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 420R: Readings in Judeo-Arabic Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 420R: Readings in Judeo-Arabic Texts
Course Description

This course introduces students to Judeo-Arabic, the language of the Jews in Arab lands, through the study of Judeo-Arabic texts from various periods and places.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 430: Gender, Sexuality, Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course uses feminist theoretical reading strategies to ask what we can learn about notions of gender and sexuality in Islamic cultures, thereby surveying changes in these concepts historically.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 451: Exodus:Egypt/Settlement:Canaan
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This seminar examines these two themes in the books of Exodus, Joshua, and Judges and then compares the biblical accounts with the archaeological record and extra-biblical materials from surrounding cultures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 453: Ancient Israel's Neighbors
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines the neighbors of ancient Israel and their influence on Israel's history, culture and economy, using biblical, extrabiblical, and archaeological sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 453W: Ancient Israel's Neighbors
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines the neighbors of ancient Israel and their influence on Israel's history, culture and economy, using biblical, extrabiblical, and archaeological sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 475: Spec Topics in Biblical Arch
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 475: Spec Top Biblical Arch
Course Description

Among the topics studied are the patriarchs and the patriarchal period, the exodus and the settlement of Canaan, and the Israelite monarchy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 475W: Spec Topics in Biblical Arch
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 475W: Spec Top in Biblical Arch
Course Description

Among the topics studied are the patriarchs and the patriarchal period, the exodus and the settlement of Canaan, and the Israelite monarchy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 490: Sen Sem:Mid Eastern Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines various methodological approaches and issues arising from the study of the Middle East. Students complete a variety of individual and group research projects, as well as weekly response papers to the readings. Required of all Middle Eastern studies majors; fulfills the senior seminar requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 490W: Sen Sem:Mid Eastern Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines various methodological approaches and issues arising from the study of the Middle East. Students complete a variety of individual and group research projects, as well as weekly response papers to the readings. Required of all Middle Eastern studies majors; fulfills the senior seminar requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 491R: Internshp In Mid Eastern Studi
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

On demand. Applied learning in supervised work experience, utilizing skills related to Middle Eastern studies. Students are required to write a major research paper or the equivalent.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
MESAS 495R: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: approval of Middle Eastern studies program adviser. Open to candidates for honors in their senior year. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours of credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
MESAS 495RW: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: approval of Middle Eastern studies program adviser. Open to candidates for honors in their senior year. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours of credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
MESAS 497R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: approval of MESAS curriculum committee. Studies of various topics in Middle Eastern studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Arabic 100-Level Courses
ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. First in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
ARAB 102: Elementary Arabic II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Arabic 101 or permission of instructor. Second in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Arabic 200-Level Courses
ARAB 201: Intermediate Arabic I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Arabic 102 or permission of instructor. Third in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
ARAB 202: Intermediate Arabic II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Arabic 201 or permission of instructor. Fourth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Arabic 300-Level Courses
ARAB 301: Advanced Arabic I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Arabic 202 or permission of instructor. Fifth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARAB 302: Advanced Arabic II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ARAB 301: Advanced Arabic I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Sixth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARAB 302W: Advanced Arabic II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ARAB 301: Advanced Arabic I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Sixth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Arabic 400-Level Courses
ARAB 401: Advanced - Plus Arabic
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ARAB 302: Advanced Arabic II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course builds on the previously acquired proficiency language skills of students of Arabic by combining textbook-based instruction with selected texts that introduce students to various genres of Arabic literature. Students will practice the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with particular emphasis on written expression. All class activities, including writing assignments will be conducted entirely in Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARAB 401W: Advanced - Plus Arabic
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ARAB 302: Advanced Arabic II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course builds on the previously acquired proficiency language skills of students of Arabic by combining textbook-based instruction with selected texts that introduce students to various genres of Arabic literature. Students will practice the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with particular emphasis on written expression. All class activities, including writing assignments will be conducted entirely in Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARAB 402: Advanced-Plus Arabic II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ARAB 401: Advanced - Plus Arabic
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The course is designed to introduce students to various Arabic literary genres selected from both classical and modern periods. These texts will cover a wide range of topics: history, sociology, travel, biography, poetry, literature, literary criticism, philosophy, current newspapers, scholarly journals, biography of the Prophet Muhammad (Sira), and Qur'anic exegesis (Tafsir).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARAB 402W: Advanced-Plus Arabic II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ARAB 401: Advanced - Plus Arabic
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The course is designed to introduce students to various Arabic literary genres selected from both classical and modern periods. These texts will cover a wide range of topics: history, sociology, travel, biography, poetry, literature, literary criticism, philosophy, current newspapers, scholarly journals, biography of the Prophet Muhammad (Sira), and Qur'anic exegesis (Tafsir).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARAB 410R: Advanced Language And Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study and discussion of written and audio visual texts dealing with various aspects of Arab culture and society. Texts vary according to interests of students; may be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARAB 425R: Arabic Dialectology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 425R: Arabic Dialectology
Course Description

Arabic dialects have been spoken continuously from Mauritania in the west to Iraq in the east. This course combines a broad introduction to the field with concrete experience working with Arabic dialects, exploring the historical development of the dialects and their relationship to Literary Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARAB 497R: Supervised Reading In Arabic
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Arabic 302 or equivalent and approval of MESAS curriculum committee. For advanced students who wish to pursue independent study and research of Arabic texts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Hebrew 100-Level Courses
HEBR 101: Elementary Modern Hebrew I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. First in a series of courses designed to teach speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension of modern Hebrew. No previous knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Hebrew 101 or permission of instructor. Second in a series of courses designed to teach speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension of modern Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Hebrew 200-Level Courses
HEBR 201: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Hebrew 102 or permission of instructor. Third in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, with emphasis on grammatical structure and expansion of vocabulary; includes short stories, newspaper articles, and conversation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HEBR 202: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Hebrew 201 or permission of instructor. Fourth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew with emphasis on grammatical structure and expansion of vocabulary; includes short stories, newspaper articles, and conversation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HEBR 290: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Hebrew 300-Level Courses
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Hebrew 202 or permission of instructor. Fifth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, and stylistics; intensive practice speaking and writing Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 302: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Sixth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, and stylistics; intensive practice speaking and writing Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 302W: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Sixth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, and stylistics; intensive practice speaking and writing Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
HEBR 370: Topics In Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Close analysis of selected poetry or prose in Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 370W: Topics In Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Close analysis of selected poetry or prose in Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
HEBR 371: Readings In Classical Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course intends to train students in close reading of classical Hebrew texts such as the Hebrew Bible, the Mishna, Pirkei Avot, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Hebrew 400-Level Courses
HEBR 415R: Reading Modern Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 302: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 415R: Reading Modern Hebrew
Course Description

Designed especially to enable students with background in Biblical Hebrew to read modern publications in the field of Biblical studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
Course Description

Readings in modern Hebrew prose, poetry, and drama in the original, with emphasis on literary and social issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 435R: Hebrew Of The Israeli Media
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 435R: Hebrew Of The Israeli Media
Course Description

Advanced study of the language used in the Israeli media; includes selections from newspapers, radio, and television broadcasts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 440: History of the Hebrew Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Hebrew 302 or equivalent. This course examines the development of the Hebrew language in different periods and in the framework of other Semitic languages using methodologies of historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 497R: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Hebrew 302 or equivalent and approval of MESAS curriculum committee. Can be used for directed study of Hebrew literature in the original or for other interdisciplinary research in Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Hindi 100-Level Courses
HNDI 101: Elementary Hindi I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. First in a series of courses that seek to develop listening, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural skills in Hindi. Primarly for students with no previous knowledge of Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HNDI 102: Elementary Hindi II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Hindi 101 or permission of instructor. Second in a series of courses that seek to develop listening, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural skills in Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Hindi 200-Level Courses
HNDI 201: Intermediate Hindi I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Hindi 102 or permission of instructor. Third in a series of courses that seek to develop listening, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural skills in Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HNDI 202: Intermediate Hindi II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Hindi 201 or permission of instructor. Fourth in a series of courses that seek to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Hindi 300-Level Courses
HNDI 301: Advanced Hindi
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Hindi 202 or permission of instructor. Fifth in a series of courses that seek to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HNDI 302: Advanced Hindi II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Hindi 301 or permission of instructor. Sixth in a series of courses that seek to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Hindi 400-Level Courses
HNDI 410R: Advanced Language and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study and discussion of written and audio-visual texts dealing with Hindi literature and literary traditions, as well as various aspects of Indian culture and society.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HNDI 497R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Hindi 302 or equivalent and approval of MESAS curriculum committee. Can be used for directed study of Hindi literature in the original or for other interdisciplinary research in Hindi.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Persian 100-Level Courses
PERS 101: Elementary Persian I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. First in a series of courses that develop speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension of modern Persian as it is used in Iran.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
PERS 102: Elementary Persian II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Persian 101 or permission of instructor. Continuation of Persian 101.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Persian 200-Level Courses
PERS 201: Intermediate Persian I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Persian 102 or permission of instructor. Continued development of skills acquired in first year, with emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and work on reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
PERS 202: Intermediate Persian II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Persian 201 or permission of instructor. Continuation of Persian 201, with focus on reading and interpretations of a variety of literary and popular texts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Persian 300-Level Courses
PERS 301: Advanced Persian I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Persian 202 or permission of instructor. Readings of selected literary texts and newspapers/media with attention to expansion of vocabulary, further development of listening, writing, and speaking skills, reading strategies, and cultural competence.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PERS 302: Advanced Persian II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
PERS 301: Advanced Persian I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Persian 301 or permission of instructor. Continuation of Persian 301.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
PERS 302W: Advanced Persian II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Persian 301 or permission of instructor. Continuation of Persian 301.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Persian 400-Level Courses
PERS 497R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequsite: Persian 302WR or equivilent and approval of MESAS curriculum committee. Advanced students will read a selection of Persian poetry and prose texts to be determined in consultation with the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Sanskrit 100-Level Courses
SNSK 101: Elementary Sanskrit I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Introduces students to the script, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax of the Sanskrit language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
SNSK 102: Elementary Sanskrit II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Sanskrit 101 or permission of instructor. Continues the study of the basic grammar of classical Sanskrit, developing reading, writing and pronunciation skills. Readings from the Ramayana will be introduced toward the end of the semester as well as elementary conversation skills.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Sanskrit 200-Level Courses
SNSK 201: Intermediate Sanskrit I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Sanskrit 102 or permission of instructor. Students sharpen their understanding of Sanskrit grammar through the reading of selections from vedic, epic, and classical stages of the language. Conversational skills are also developed.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
SNSK 202: Intermediate Sanskrit II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Sanskrit 201 or permission of instructor. Continuation of Sanskrit 201.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Sanskrit 300-Level Courses
SNSK 301: Advanced Sanskrit I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Sanskrit 202 or permission of instructor. An advanced introduction to

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SNSK 302: Advanced Sanskrit II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Sanskrit 301 or permission of instructor. Continuation of Sanskrit 301.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Sanskrit 400-Level Courses
SNSK 497R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Sanskrit 302 or equivalent and approval of MESAS curriculum committee. For advanced students who wish to pursue independent study and reading of Sanskrit texts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Tibetan 100-Level Courses
TBT 101: Elementary Tibetan I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Introduction to Tibetan that seeks to develop listening, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural skills in Tibetan. No previous knowledge of Tibetan is assumed.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
TBT 102: Elementary Tibetan II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Introduction to Tibetan that seeks to develop listening, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural skills in Tibetan. Prerequisites: Tibetan 101 or the equivalent.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Tibetan 200-Level Courses
TBT 201: Intermediate Tibetan I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Tibetan 102 or permission of instructor. Third in a series of courses designed to teach Tibetan both spoken and classical with emphasis on grammatical structure, reading and writing along with expansion of vocabulary; includes short stories, cultural articles, and books.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
TBT 202: Intermediate Tibetan II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Tibetan 201 or permission of instructor. Fourth in a series of courses designed to continue learning advancement of both spoken and classical Tibetan with more in-depth instructions on grammatical structure and expansion of vocabulary; includes short stories, newspaper articles using both spoken an literary textual sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250

Honors Program

To receive honors in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, eligible students select an adviser from among the faculty of the department. The adviser should be chosen on the basis of his or her expertise in the topic to be examined in the thesis. During the senior year, honors students enroll in Middle Eastern Studies 495RWR in the fall and spring semesters. Honors students must complete an honors thesis and defend it in an oral hearing. In addition to the adviser, the committee of examiners will include one other faculty member of the department and one faculty member from outside the department.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

The Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department sponsors two summer study abroad programs: Emory Experience in Israel and Archaeology. In addition, the department sponsors two Junior Semester Abroad Programs: one at the American University in Cairo and one at Tel Aviv University. These two programs are administered by CIPA (Center for International Programs Abroad at Emory). For further information on these programs contact the Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department or CIPA. Majors in Middle Eastern Studies have also studied abroad at other CIPA approved programs, including the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

For more information, see Study Abroad.