Elective Courses

Elective Courses: In addition to the required courses, students will be required to complete three elective courses, two from the Humanities list, and one from the Social Sciences list.

Humanities

Archaeology
CAS AR 221 – Archaeology of the Islamic World

Art History
CAS AH 220 – Islamic Art
CAS AH 313 – Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture
CAS AH 314 – After Genghis Khan: Art and Architecture in Central Asia and Iran
CAS AH 540 – Europe and the Islamic World: Medieval, Early-Modern Cultural Exchange

Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
CAS LY 281 – Contemporary Arabic Literature – in English
CAS LY 282 – Qur’anic Negotiations: Contemporary Muslim Writers and the Holy Book
CAS LY 283 – Arab Women Writers
CAS LY 284 – Arabs Write War: Poetry, Prose, and Drama since 1948
CAS LY 341E – North African Culture
CAS LY 350 – Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature
CAS LY 441 – 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
CAS LY 491 – Directed Study in Arabic and Islamic Studies
CAS LT 281 – Istanbul at a Crossroads
CAS LZ 280 – Persian Epic and Romance – in English
CAS LZ 492 – Directed Study in Persian
CAS XL 223 – Introduction to Comparative Literature: Middle Eastern Literature
CAS XL 315 – The Islamic World: Film and Cultural Identity
CAS XL 382 – Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Film

Religion
CAS RN 214 – Islam
CAS RN 338/638 – Mysticism and Philosophy: Medieval Jewish Perspectives
CAS RN 340 – The Quran
CAS RN 341 – Islamic Mysticism: Sufism
CAS RN 343 – Islam in Global Perspective
CAS RN 344 – Islam and the West
CAS RN 345 – Islamic Law
CAS RN 347 – Islamic Philosophy and Theology
CAS RN 375 – Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia
CAS RN 425 – Topics in South Asian Religions
CAS RN 435 – Women, Gender, and Islam
CAS RN 475 – Directed Study in Islamic Studies
CAS RN 493 – Directed Study in Classic Arabic

Social Sciences

Anthropology
CAS AN 307 – Turkey and the Middle East in Comparative Perspective
CAS AN 317 – Power and Society in the Middle East
CAS AN 319 – Muslim Cultures and Politics
CAS AN 320 – Women in the Muslim World
CAS AN 347 – Afghanistan
CAS AN 355 – Religious Fundamentalism in the Anthropological Perspective
CAS AN 360 – The Nomadic Alternative
CAS AN 375 – Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia
CAS AN 384 – Anthropological Study of Religion
CAS AN 532 – Literacy and Islam in Africa
CAS AN 547 – Topics: Muslim Studies and Islamic Civilizations (Fall Sem.)
CAS AN 548 – Topics: Muslim Studies and Islamic Civilizations (Spring Sem.)

History
CAS HI 276 – Early Armenia
CAS HI 279 – Modern Armenian History and Literature
CAS HI 357 – Early Medieval Spain
CAS HI 354 – History and Religion: North African Issues
CAS HI 387 – Introduction to the Middle East
CAS HI 389 – Americans in the Middle East
CAS HI 292 – The History of Israel: An Introduction
CAS HI 484 – Revolutionary Change in North Africa and the Middle East
CAS HI 485 – Selected Problems in the Middle East
CAS HI 486 – Islamic History
CAS HI 592 – The Birth of a State: Israel 1945 – 1955
CAS HI 594 – The Armenian Genocide

International Relations
CAS IR 325 – Great Powers of the Eastern Mediterranean
CAS IR 328 – Turco-Persia in the Twentieth Century
CAS IR 382 -Understanding the Middle East
CAS IR 383 – Understanding Modern North Africa
CAS IR 397 – History of Modern Iran 1900 – Present
CAS IR 503 – The U.S. in the Middle East
CAS IR 504 – The Persian Gulf / Arabian Peninsula
CAS IR 507 – The Muslim and Western Worlds – Prospects for a “Clash of Civilizations”
CAS IR 508 – Islamic Political Movements and U.S. Policy
CAS IR 509 – Islam in Middle East Politics
CAS IR 511 – The Middle East Today
CAS IR 586 – Islam in South Asian Politics
CAS IR 587 – Political Economy of the Middle East
CAS IR 591 – The Making of the Modern Middle East

Political Science
CAS PO 560 – Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East
CAS PO 588 – Turkey and the European Union: The History of Contemporary Aspects of Turkey’s European Path

Sociology
CAS SO 328 – Contemporary South Asian Societies
CAS SO 438 – Sociology of International Migration

Women’s Studies
CAS WS 305 (B1) – Critical Issues in Women’s Studies: Sex and Violence on the Silk Road
CAS WS 531 E – Constructing Gender in North Africa: Islam and Politics