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Academics and Courses

The Islamic and Mediterranean Studies programs regularly offers courses in Islamic Studies, Islamic History, and Arabic, in addition to affiliated courses. You can see a list of courses offered by the program here:

Course descriptions

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The Islamic and Mediterranean Studies program does not yet have a minor; however, students interested in a personalized minor should refer to the information below.

Suggested Minor

While the Islamic and Mediterranean Studies program does not yet have a formal minor program, URI students have the option to develop their own minor under the guidance of a qualified faculty member. Until a formal minor is approved, we suggest that you take the courses listed below in order to develop a well-rounded background in Islamic and Mediterranean Studies. Since other minors already exist at URI which focus on the European side of the Mediterranean, this suggested minor focuses on the Arabic-speaking and Islamicate world.

To pursue this minor, you will need to fill out the College of Arts & Sciences Minor Field of Study form. (Please note the restrictions on this form – especially that one course cannot count for both a major and a minor.)

You will need a faculty sponsor for this minor. You should contact one of the following faculty members if you are interested in pursuing this minor:

Alexander Magidow (Languages): amagidow@mail.uri.edu
Katrin Jomaa (Political Science and Philosophy): kjomaa@uri.edu
Alan Verskin (History): verskin@mail.uri.edu

To complete the minor, you must take a total of 18 credits, 12 of which must be at the 200 level or above. The following are suggested courses to fulfilling that requirement.


Introductory Courses

We recommend that you take at least two of the following courses:

  • ARB 111 (Beginning Intensive Arabic I)
  • HBW 101 (Beginning Hebrew 1)
  • HPR 107 (Introduction to Islam)
  • HIS 176 (Islamic History: From the Origins of Islam to 1492)
  • HIS 178 (History of the Modern Middle East)

Middle Eastern and Islamicate World

We recommend you take at least three of the following courses which focus on the Middle East and the Islamicate World:

  • ARB 211 (Intermediate Intensive Arabic I)
  • ARB 212 (Intensive Second Year Arabic II)
  • ARB 311 (Advanced Intensive Arabic I)
  • ARB 325 (Topics in Arabic Studies in Translation)
  • PSC 312 (Politics of the Middle East)
  • HIS 379 (The Jews of Islamic Lands)
  • HIS 376 (Women in Muslim Societies)
  • GWS 350 (Women in Islam)
  • PSC 482 (Secularism and Islamism in the Modern World)

Wider Connections

The following courses provide the background for exploring connections between the Middle East and Islamicate World and other regions in the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia. We recommend taking one course from this area:

  • FRN 320 (Studies in French Cinema) – When appropriate topic is taught
  • FRN 412 (Topics in French Culture and Literature) – When appropriate topic is taught
  • GWS 351 (Women in Judaism)
  • GWS 350 (Women and War)
  • HIS 301 (The Hellenistic World)
  • HIS 302 (The Roman Empire)
  • HIS 388 (History of Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • ARH 354 (Art of the Ancient Mediterranean)
  • SPA 307 (Hispanic Culture Through the 17th Century)

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