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 Spring 2017:   updated-spring-2017-mesa-course-list

Electives for Middle East and South Asia Studies

Anthropology
334.  People and Cultures of South Asia. (3h)
383. 384.  Field Research in Cultural Anthropology. (3h) (When                                            topic is appropriate)
385, 386.  Special Problems Seminar. (3h, 3h) (When topic is                                                appropriate)

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)
230, 231.  Upper Intermediate Arabic I and II. (3h, 3h)
288.  Arabic Individual Study. (1.5h or3h)
301, 302.  Advanced Arabic I and II. (3h, 3h)
305.  Special Topics in Arabic. (3h)
324.  Introduction to Arabic Literature. (3h)
325.  Multimedia Arabic. (3h)
350.  A Survey of Arabic Literature in Transition. (3h)
360.  Classical/Medieval Arab-Islamic Civilization. (3h)
361.  The Modern Arab World. (3h)

Art
104.  Topics in World Art. (3h) (When topic is appropriate
 203.  Islamic Art and Literature. (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 Art and Architectural History. (3h) (When topic is
appropriate)
351.  Topics in Gender and Art. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)
396.  Art History Seminar. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)

Communication
370.  Special Topics: Immersion in India. (3h)

English                        
358.  Postcolonial Literature. (3h)
359.  Studies in Postcolonial Literature. (3h)

History
107.  The Middle East and the World. (3h)
109.  Asia and the World. (3h)
242.  The Middle East before 1500. (3h)
243.  The Middle East since 1500.  (3h)
250.  Premodern South Asia. (3h)
251.  Modern South Asia. (3h)
305.  Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. (3h)
311.  Special Topics in History. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)
334.  Mystics, Monarchs, Masses in South Asian Islam. (3h)
335.  Hindus and Muslims in India, Pakistan, and Beyond. (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) (When topic is appropriate)
398.  Individual Study. (1h-3h) (When topic is appropriate)
399.  Directed Reading. (1h-3h) (When topic is appropriate)

Humanities
224.  Cross-cultural Encounters in Morocco. (3h)

Journalism
276.  Niche Reporting. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)

Music
109, 209.  Music of World Cultures. (3h, 3h)
134, 234.  Music of Asia. (3h, 3h)

Near Eastern Languages and Literature                

111, 112.  Elementary Hebrew. (3h, 3h)
 111M.  Elementary Arabic in an Immersion Setting. (6h)
 113M.  Colloquial Moroccan Arabic in an Immersion Setting. (3h)
153.  Intermediate Hebrew. (3h)
211, 212.  Hebrew Literature I and II. (3h, 3h)
213.  Studies in Modern Hebrew.  (3h)
301.  Introduction to Semitic Languages. (3h)
302, 303.  Akkadian I and II. (3h)
310.  Intermediate Readings in Classical Hebrew. (1h)
311.  Aramaic. (3h)
321, 322.  Introduction to Middle Egyptian I and II. (3h, 3h)

Politics
241.  Contemporary India. (3h)
242.  Topics in Comparative Politics. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)
 246.  Politics and Policies in South Asia. (3h0
247.  Islam and Politics. (3h)
250.  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Us Policy since 2001. (3h)
251.  The Politics of Forced Migration. (3h)
252.  Topics in International Politics. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)
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) (When topic is appropriate)
274.  Arab and Islamic Political Thought. (3h)
278.  Politics and Identity. (3h)
282.  Gandhi. (3h)
286.  Topics in Political Science. (3h) (When topic is appropriate)
287.  Individual Study. (2h-3h) (When topic is appropriate)
288.  Directed Reading. (2h-3h) (When topic is appropriate)
300.  Senior Seminar in Political Science. (4h) (When topic is
appropriate)

Religion                          
104A.  Introduction to Asian Traditions. (3h)
104B.  Introduction to South Asian Traditions. (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 Traditions. (3h)
286, 287.  Directed Reading. (1h-3h) (When topic is appropriate)
312.  The Critical Study of the Pentateuch. (3h)
313.  Near Eastern Archaelogy. (3h)
315.  Jewish Identities:  Religion, Race, and Rights. (3h)
356.  Modern Jewish Movements. (3h)
362.  Topics in Islam. (3h)
383.  The Quran and the Prophet. (3h)
384.  Islam and Law:  Varieties in Interpretation and Expression. (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)