Ohio University

Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate

Certificate code: CTMENA

Admissions Information

Certificate Requirements

Faculty contact: Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish

Program Overview

The Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the history and contemporary dynamics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The curriculum draws on the expertise of diverse faculty from across the social sciences and humanities whose training, research, and teaching center on the Middle East and North Africa region. This is all the more important to address given the immense importance of the region to a variety of careers, including education, journalism, international affairs, public policy, economic development, and security. This program is designed to complement the existence of area studies certificate programs for Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, and other regions/sub-regions.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region has become increasingly central to a range of professional careers, including those in the educational, media, policy, financial, and defense sectors. This certificate program will provide students with much needed knowledge on the geography, history, and contemporary politics of the region. After graduation, students will be better able to both compete in the job market and succeed in their jobs. In addition, all of these opportunities serve to also better prepare students for potential graduate study in a discipline or program in which the Middle East and North Africa will feature centrally in the students' course of study.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements.

Requirements

Certificate Hours Requirement

The Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and 15 hours.

Core Requirements

Complete the following courses:

  • HIST 3371 - Middle East History 1500 to the present Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4420 - Middle East Politics Credit Hours: 

Interdisciplinary Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

(Note: Course used to fulfill Interdisciplinary requirement may not also be used for Elective requirement).

  • ANTH 3820 - Cultures of the Mediterranean (Credit Hours: 3)
  • ARAB 1120 - Elementary Arabic II (Credit Hours: 4)
  • CLWR 3330 - Introduction to Islam (Credit Hours: 3)
  • CLWR 4330 - Political Islam (Credit Hours: 3)
  • CLWR 4340 - Sufism-Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam (Credit Hours: 3)
  • MDIA 4170 - Media and the Muslim World (Credit Hours: 3)

Electives

Complete two of the following courses:

  • ANTH 3820 - Cultures of the Mediterranean Credit Hours: 3
  • ARAB 1120 - Elementary Arabic II Credit Hours: 4
  • CLAR 2130 - Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2510 - Ancient Jerusalem: From Solomon to Suleiman Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2530 - Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 3330 - Introduction to Islam Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 4330 - Political Islam Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 4340 - Sufism-Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3320 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Middle East History Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3330 - Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3370 - Middle East History 600 to 1500 Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3532 - History of the Crusades Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 4905 - Colloquium in Middle Eastern History Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 4170 - Media and the Muslim World Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4902 - Special Topics in Law and Politics Credit Hours: 3