Sample pathways through the mena major



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Sample pathways through the MENA major

To show what a MENA course of study looks like, some sample programs are provided below. These programs can all be completed with courses already taught at BU; no use is made of additional options such as Directed Study. The eleven courses counted for the major are boldfaced. Any of these pathways could accommodate honors work.

Note: Courses numbered LH (Hebrew), LT (Turkish), LY (Arabic), LZ (Persian) 111-112, 211-212, 303-304, 311-312, and 403-404 are language courses.



Sample program 1: no ME background; interested in Arab culture; also minoring in Arabic (cross-counting LY 441 and LY 350 for the major and minor)




Fall

Spring

Freshman

LY 111

IR 382 Understanding the ME

LY 112

XL 223: Intro to Comp Lit: ME

ME 101 Issues in MENA Studies (1 cr.)

Sophomore

LY 211

AN 317 Power and Society in the ME

RN 214 Islam



LY 212

LY 471 Topics in Arab Culture

Junior

LY303

RN 340 The Qur’an

PO 560 Politics and Society in North Africa and the ME

Semester abroad on Rabat program

LY 304


LY 403

HI 354/RN 346 History and Religion: North African Issues

Senior

LY 441 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination

LY 572 Arabic Translation



LY 404

LY 350 Intro to Arabic Literature

AH 540 Europe and Islam


Sample program 2: enter w/Hebrew proficiency, interested in Middle East conflict




Fall

Spring

Fr

LH 311 Advanced Modern Hebrew: Voices in Israeli Society

LH 330 Israeli Popular Music

Soph

LY 111

RN 220 The Holy City: Jerusalem

LY 112

HI 387 Intro to the Middle East

ME 101 Issues in MENA Studies (1 cr.)

Jun

LY 211

RN 331 Zionism and the State of Israel

HI 592 Birth of a State: Israel 1945-55

LY 212

LY 284 Arabs Write War



IR 514 Major Themes in the Middle East Peace Process

Sen

Semester abroad in Haifa:

LY 303

Other electives (e.g., for minor in Hebrew)



IR 503 The US in the Middle East

LY 304

Also available: HI 393 Topics in the History of Israel; IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East; AN 320 Women in the Muslim World; LY 471 Topics in Arab Culture; etc.
Sample program 3: no ME background; interested in Islamic art; applying for PhD programs; will graduate proficient in Turkish and Persian, with introductory Arabic




Fall

Spring

Fr

LT 111

LT 112

ME 101 Issues in MENA Studies (1 cr.)

Soph

LT 211

AH 220 Islamic Art and Architecture

LT 212

AH 541 Ottoman Art and Architecture

XL 223 Intro to Comp Lit: ME

Jun

LZ 111

LZ 380 Persian Epic

IR 329 History of Iran before 1900


LZ 112

AR 221 Archaeology of the Islamic World

AH 540 Europe and Islam

LZ 381 Rumi and Persian Sufi Poetry

Sen

Semester abroad: Boğaziçi University Exchange, Istanbul.

Electives for major not needed, but could take them now instead of next semester



LY 111

AR 343 Anatolian Archaeology

AH 428 Seminar: Islamic Art


Sample program 4: No ME background; interested in modern Turkey




Fall

Spring

Fr

LT 111

IR 382 Understanding the ME

LT 112

RN 214 Islam

HI 382 Turko-Persia in the 20th Century

ME 101 Issues in MENA Studies (1 cr.)

Soph

LT 211

RN 341 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism

LT 212

LT 281 Istanbul at the Crossroads

Jun

LT 303

HI 594 The Armenian Genocide

AN 317 Power and Society in the ME

LY 111

AH 541 Ottoman Art and Architecture

IR 558 Turkey and the EU

Sen

Semester at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Optional elective for the major

AN 307 Turkey and the ME in Comparative Perspective


Sample program 5: Interested in Semitic languages, learning both Arabic and Hebrew; could instead count STH courses as electives; also minoring in linguistics (no cross-counted courses)




Fall

Spring

Fr

LY111

AN 317 Power and Society in the ME

LY112

LY471 Topics in Arabic Lang and Culture

Soph

LY211

HI 387 Introduction to the Middle East

LX 250 Foundations of Language



LY212

LX 340 Language Myths



XL 223 Intro to Comp Lit: ME

ME 101 Issues in MENA Studies (1 cr.)

Jun

LY303

LH 111


LX 522 Syntax


LY350 Intro to Arabic Literature

LH 112

LX 502 Semantics

AN 524 Language in Contemporary Africa


Sen

LY572 Arabic Translation

LH 117 Biblical Hebrew 1

AN 521 Sociolinguistics


AR 341 Archaeology of Mesopotamia

LH 118 Biblical Hebrew 2



AR 543 Intro to Akkadian Cuneiform I




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