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Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Studies

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Esra Tasdelen

5108

etasdelen@noctrl.edu

Develop an in-depth perspective on a key region of the world that affects the daily lives of Americans. You will study both language—at least two terms of Arabic—and culture by selecting from courses in history, art, conflict resolution, French, gender/women’s studies, music, political science, religious studies and sociology/anthropology. Your related activities will include opportunities to visit and work in the Chicago region and to study abroad in Morocco, Jordan and Turkey. Graduates with MENA minors will fill the growing need for employers to hire applicants with a strong knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa.

Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor

For additional information about this program, see Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

21 credit hours, including:

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

Nine credit hours of Arabic Language:

Elective Courses (six credit hours):

  • ART 264 - Global Art Survey

    ART 264 - Global Art Survey

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of art from the cultures of Asia, the Near East, Native North America, Mesoamerica and the Andes, Oceania, Africa and the Islamic World.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the cultural diversity and complexity of sub-Saharan Africa. Attention is given to the long period of independent development of traditional societies, the forms and extent of European domination and the post-1945 struggles to regain independence and create new cultural identities.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 906N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the present, with special attention to nationalistic movements, pan-Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 919N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 156 - The World of Music

    MUS 156 - The World of Music

    3.00 credit hours

    Introductory course with examples drawn from the musics of the five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    F1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparative approach to the major political systems in the world such as parliamentary, totalitarian and democratic. Typical countries include Russia, Japan, China, Great Britain and France.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 222 - Violence, War and Peace in the Bible

    REL 222 - Violence, War and Peace in the Bible

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines traditions from both the Old and New Testaments in regard to issues of violence, war and peace in the biblical texts. Different portrayals of the character of God as warlike and vengeful, as well as beneficent and peace-loving, are examined, in places in dialogue with the religious traditions of the surrounding cultures. The different portrayals of violence and peace in the human community are discussed in light of these depictions of God.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 270 - Judaism

    REL 270 - Judaism

    3.00 credit hours

    Beliefs, traditions, ethics and history of Judaism, with special attention to Zionism and the Holocaust.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Islamic society, culture and theology, with special attention to Turkey, the Arab World, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Field trip to nearby Islamic community.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

300-level Elective (three credit hours):

  • FRN 370 - Francophone Africa

    FRN 370 - Francophone Africa

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the socio-cultural changes in Francophone Africa resulting from colonization and independence, as reflected in contemporary and traditional literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FRN 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • GWS 350 - Gender and World Religions

    GWS 350 - Gender and World Religions

    3.00 credit hours

    An analysis of feminist thought in non-Western religious traditions. The course discusses women's redefinition of traditional concepts, rituals and practices in a number of religious traditions across the globe.

    Prerequisite(s)


    REL 100 or a course in non-Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 344 - Religion and the Political Order

    REL 344 - Religion and the Political Order

    3.00 credit hours

    A historical survey of primary texts engaging the intersection of religion and political theory, as well as the relationship between political leadership and religious/ethical values. Emphasis is placed upon Western political philosophers shaped within the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and/or Islam, as well as upon the themes of theocracy, civil religion and secularization. Thinkers studied may include Plato, early Christian authors, Eusebius, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Al-Farabi, Maimonides, Averroes, Aquinas, Marsillus of Padua, Reformation authors, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau or De Tocqueville.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Any two courses in philosophy, religious studies or political Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

MNA 130 People and Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (3.00)
Introduction to the cultures and issues of the modern Middle East and North Africa.

MNA 210 Literary Landscapes of the Middle East and North Africa (3.00)
Studying the relationship between literature and history of the Middle East and North Africa.

Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
MCL
5108
  • Choose your MENA courses to match your major and personal interests.
  • Fulfill the B.A. requirement for foreign language with two terms of Arabic.
  • Explore Arab-American neighborhoods in Chicagoland.
  • Study abroad in North Africa or the Middle East.
  • Participate in interfaith dialogue workshops among Christian, Muslim and Jewish people.

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