The Certificate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies provides students the opportunity to formally explore the cultural, political and religious diversity of the Middle East and the Islamic worlds.
The region commonly referred to as the Middle East includes over 20 Arabic speaking countries, as well as Iran, Turkey, and Israel and spans Southwest Asia and North Africa. A culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse region, the Middle East today is one of the most geopolitically critical regions in the world. It is the birthplace of the three major monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the home of medieval Islamic civilizations; and home to rich literary, architectural and religious traditions. Islam, a monotheistic faith that began in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century, is today practiced by over one billion people and is diversely expressed through a vast geographic, linguistic and cultural terrain, from West Africa to East Asia.
Students currently pursuing the requirements of the Certificate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) or interested in doing so should complete the Statement of Intent form available on the department website. Students who have completed the requirements for the MEIS certificate and are graduating in December or May must complete the Program of Study form and the Certificate Completion form, also available on the department website, and submit them to the MEIS certificate advisor two months prior to graduation.
Students cannot earn both the Certificate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and the Minor in Arabic.
The certificate requires a total of 19 credit hours (9 of which must be upper-division), which include both language and content courses.
Required Courses: At least one year of either Arabic or Farsi language courses beginning at the intermediate level (2000 level) with a grade of C or better. A student who participates in an approved study abroad program may earn up to 10 credit hours for language study at an intermediate or advanced level.
Electives: Three courses, at least one of which must be a course designated ARAB and has a specific focus on Islam and the Islamic world. These nine credit hours may be selected from the list of approved content courses below and are to be completed with a grade of C- or better. Approval of study abroad credits for content courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
|Possible Electives Include:|
|Anthropology of Jews and Judaism (Cultures of Israel & Palestine)|
|Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues (Global Islams)|
|Love, Loss and Longing in Classical Arabic Literature|
|The Muslim World, 600-1250|
|Islamic Culture and the Iberian Peninsula|
|In the Footsteps of Travelers: Travel Writing in Arabic Lit|
|Art in Islamic Cultures|
|The Arabic Novel|
|Narrating the City: Literary Mappings of the Urban Landscape|
|Gender, Sexuality and Culture in the Modern Middle East|
|Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture|
|Topics in Environment and Society (Geographies of the Muslim World)|
|Topics in Environment and Society (Contemporary Islam: Empire/Terror/Revolution)|
|Geographies of Political Islam: Empire, Terror and Revolution|
|Introduction to Jewish Culture|
|Israeli Literature: Exile, Nation, Home|
|Seminar in Middle Eastern History|
|The Modern Middle East, 1600 to the Present|
|Islam in the Modern World: Revivalism, Modernism, and Fundamentalism, 1800-2001|
|History of Modern Israel/Palestine|
|Topics in Jewish History (Tel Aviv Urban History and Culture)|
|History of Modern Jewish-Muslim Relations|
|Islam in South and Southeast Asia (1000 to the Present)|
|The Mediterranean: Religion Before Modernity|
|Special Topics in International Affairs (Arab / Israel Conflict)|
|Special Topics in International Affairs (Political Economy/Middle East)|
|Special Topics in International Affairs (Security in the Middle East)|
|Special Topics in International Affairs (Statebuilding in the 21st Century)|
|Special Topics in International Affairs (Turkey-Mediator/Arab Spring)|
|Special Topics in International Affairs (Gender, Geopolitics and Islam)|
|The Post-Cold War World (Afghanistan and Iraq)|
|The Post-Cold War World (Understanding 9/11: Causes, Events, Legacies)|
|The Post-Cold War World (The Geopolitics and Economics of Oil)|
|Global Seminar: Jews and Muslims - The Multiethnic History of Istanbul|
|Global Seminar: Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in Israel|
|Judaism, Christianity, and Islam|
|Fundamentalism and Islam|
|Islamic Mysticism: Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and the Sufi Tradition|
|Interdisciplinary Seminar on Religion|
|Gender, Islam and Modernity|
Students should consult with the MEIS certificate advisor annually and must fulfill the requirements for an undergraduate degree at CU Boulder.