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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Ellen Amster, Associate Professor of History, Co-Coordinator
Caroline Seymour-Jorn, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Co-Coordinator
Christine Wolf, Advisor, Garland Hall 111, (414) 229-6925, cawolf@uwm.edu (Last names A-L)
Aparna Datey, Advisor,Garland Hall 113, (414) 229-3042, datey@uwm.edu (Last names M-Z)

The Certificate Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the university as a non-degree student, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements. Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor's degree and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.

The certificate program offers students a background in Middle Eastern and North African languages, cultures, history, and civilization. The program requires one year of Arabic or Hebrew language courses and a historical survey course. Upper-level courses offer students the opportunity to explore Middle Eastern literature, history, politics, religion, and art in greater depth. Courses totaling 23 credits must be completed with a GPA of 2.75 or better. At least one half of the work for the certificate must be taken at UWM. The Committee for Middle Eastern and North African Studies administers the program and advises students.

In addition to taking courses related to the Middle East and North Africa, students have opportunities to meet and study with Middle Eastern scholars who regularly visit UWM through a number of institutional partnerships with Middle Eastern universities. Students also may take advantage of study abroad programs that offer credit for academic work in the Middle East and North Africa.

Following are the detailed requirements for the certificate. For the content and prerequisites of each course, see its listing under the originating department elsewhere in this catalog.

I. 8 credits (or equivalent) in a single Middle Eastern Language sequence from either Arabic or Hebrew.

     

Arabic 101

First Semester Arabic

4

Arabic 102

Second Semester Arabic

4

Hebr St 101

First Semester Hebrew

4

Hebr St 102

Second Semester Hebrew

4

Hebr St 105

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

4

Hebr St 106

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

4

II. At least one course selected from the following survey courses:

     

Hist 280

Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258

3

Hist 281

Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805

3

Hist 282

The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

3

III. At least 12 additional credits selected from the approved electives list, of which at least 9 must be at the 300 level or above.

Students must include among their credits selected for section III at least one course in Hebrew studies and one course in Arabic studies.

Anthro 327

Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

3

Anthro 641

Seminar in Anthropology: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Arabic 111

Cultures and Civilizations of the Muslim Middle East

3

Arabic 201

Third Semester Arabic

3

Arabic 202

Fourth Semester Arabic

3

Arabic 299

Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)

1-6

Arabic 301

Fifth Semester Arabic

3

Arabic 302

Sixth Semester Arabic

3

Arabic 499

Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)

1-6

ArtHist 315

Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

3

ArtHist 324

Art and Architecture of Byzantium

3

ArtHist 326

Heretics and Iconoclasts: The Art and Architecture of the Christian East

3

ArtHist 327

The Arts of Islam

3

ArtHist 435

Art and Architecture Along the Western Silk Road

3

Classic 390

Egyptian Mythology

3

CompLit 533

Seminar in Trends in Modern Literature: "Development of the Arabic Novel" subtitle

3

English 247

Literature and Human Experience: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

French 357

Literature of the French-Speaking World in Translation: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

French 431

Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

French 432

Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (with appropriate subtitle)

1-3

Hebr St 201

Third Semester Hebrew

3

Hebr St 202

Fourth Semester Hebrew

3

Hebr St 205

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I

3

Hebr St 206

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II

3

Hebr St 231

Survey of the Books of the Old Testament in Translation

3

Hebr St 235

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

3

Hebr St 238

Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (with appropriate subtitle,
e.g., "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam")

3

Hebr St 254

Studies in Hebrew Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Hebr St 255

The Politics of American Jewish Identity

3

Hebr St 261

Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images

3

Hebr St 268

Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust

3

Hebr St 274*

Ancient Egyptian Civilization

3

Hebr St 299

Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)

1-6

Hebr St 301

Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew

3

Hebr St 302

Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew

3

Hebr St 303

Modern Hebrew Literature I in English

3

Hebr St 304

Modern Hebrew Literature II in English

3

Hebr St 321

The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory

3

Hebr St 332

Women in the Bible

3

Hebr St 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

Hebr St 418

Modern Hebrew Drama in Translation

3

Hebr St 419

Contemporary Israeli Poetry in Translation

3

Hist 274*

Ancient Egyptian Civilization

3

Hist 280**

Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258

3

Hist 281**

Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805

3

Hist 282**

The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

3

Hist 283

Arab-Israeli Relations: The Search for Peace

3

Hist 319

The Era of the Crusades

3

Hist 370

Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle, e.g.,
"Judaism in the Ancient World")

3

Hist 386

Africa: The Age of Empires to 1880

3

Hist 387

Africa: Imperialism and Independence Since 1880

3

Hist 401

Topics in Middle Eastern History: (Subtitle)

3

Hist 600

Seminar in History: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Hist 892

Colloquium in Medieval Islam: (Subtitle; when carrying undergraduate credit
for undergraduate students)

3

Intl St 350

Regional Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Intl St 450

Internship in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)

2-6

Intl St 550

Senior Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Jewish 261

Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images

3

Jewish 268

Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust

3

Philos 452

Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: (with subtitle "Maimonides")

3

Philos 461

Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism

3

Philos 507

Special Problems in Philosophy of Religion: (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Pol Sci 327

Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

3

Pol Sci 329 (660)

African Politics

3

Pol Sci 371

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

3


* Jointly offered; may be taken under only one area.
** If not taken under Section II.


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