Approved Courses

Recently approved courses are listed below. The program directors maintain a more complete and up-to-date list of all approved elective courses. Please refer to the undergraduate bulletin for course descriptions.

For a complete list of course offerings for Fall 2016 – Fall 2016- MESA Course List (3)


Anthropology 334. Peoples and Cultures of South Asia (3h)
335. Visualizing South Asia (3h)
383, 384. Field Research in Cultural Anthropology (3h, 3h) **
385, 386. Special Problems Seminar  (3h, 3h) **
Arabic 111, 112. Elementary Arabic I and II (3h, 3h)
153. Intermediate Arabic I  (4h)
201. Intermediate Arabic II (3h)
218, 219. Standard Arabic Conversation I and II  (3h, 3h)
221, 222. Colloquial Arabic Conversation I and II (3h, 3h)
225. Multimedia Arabic (3h)
230, 231. Advanced Arabic I and II (3h, 3h)
235. Introduction to Arabic Literature (3h)
250. Survey of Arabic Literature in Translation (3h)
288. Arabic Individual Study (1.5h or 3h)
302. Special Topics in Arabic (3h)
Art 104. Topics in World Art (3h) **
203. Islamic Art and Architecture (3h)
204. South Asian Art and Architecture (3h)
205. The Architecture of Devotion in South Asia (3h)
206. Art and Empire: India and Europe, 1500-1900 (3h)
207. Imperial Islamic Architecture: the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (3h)
208. Ottoman Art and Architecture (3h)
286. Topics in Architectural History (3h) **
351. Topics in Gender and Art (3h) **
396. Art History Seminar (3h) **
English 358. Post-colonial Literature (3h)
359. Studies in Post-colonial Literature (3h)
History 107. The Middle East and the World (3h)
109. Asia & the World (3h)
242. The Middle East before 1500 (3h)
243. The Middle East since 1500 (3h)
260. Premodern South Asia (3h)
261. Modern South Asia (3h)
305. Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (3h)
311. Special Topics in History (3h) **
334. Mystics, Monarchs, Masses in South Asian Islam (3h)
335. Hindus and Muslims in India, Pakistan, and Beyond (3h)
387. Islamic Empires Compared: the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (3h)
385. Bollywood and the Making of Modern India (3h)
386. History of Islamic Law (3h)
388. Nation, Faith, and Gender in the Middle East (3h)
390. Research Seminar (3h)
Humanities 224. Cross-cultural Encounters in Morocco (3h
Journalism                  276. Niche Reporting (3h) **
Near Eastern Lang. & Lit. 111, 112. Elementary Hebrew (3h, 3h)
153. Intermediate Hebrew (3h)
211, 212. Hebrew Literature I and II (3h)
301. Introduction to Semitic Languages (3h)
302. Akkadian I (3h)
303. Akkadian II (3h)
310. Intermediate Readings in Classical Hebrew (1h)
311. Aramaic (3h)
321, 322. Introduction to Middle Egyptian I and II (3h, 3h)
325. Coptic (3h) (taught on demand)
Political Science 241. Contemporary India (3h)
242. Topics in Comparative Politics (3h) **
246. Politics and Policies in South Asia (3h)
247. Islam and Politics (3h)
250. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and U.S. Policy since 2011 (3h)
252. Topics in International Politics (3h) **
255. Terrorism and Asymmetric Conflict (3h)
259. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (3h)
263. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East (3h)
269. Topics in Political Theory (3h) **
274. Arab and Islamic Political Thought (3h)
278. Politics and Identity (3h)
282. Gandhi (3h)
286. Topics in Political Science (3h) **
300. Senior Seminar in Political Science (4h) **




104. Introduction to Asian Religions (3h)
105. Monotheism: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3h)
108. Introduction to Hindu Traditions (3h)
109. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (3h)
110. Introduction to Islamic Traditions (3h)
113. Introduction to Jewish (3h)
286. Directed Reading (1-3h)
312. The Critical Study of the Pentateuch (3h)
313. Near Eastern Archaelogy (3h)
355. Jewish Identities: Religion, Race, and Rights (3h)
356. Modern Jewish Movements (3h)
362. Topics in Islam (3h)
383. The Quran and the Prophet (3h)
385. Topics in South Asian Religions (3h)
386. Indian Epics (3h)
387. Priests, Warriors, and Ascetics in Ancient India (3h)
388. South Asian Women (3h)
389. Islam in the West: Changes and Challenges (3h)
390. Special Topics in Religion (3h) **** When topic is appropriate