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Academic Programs


Students must complete a total of nine courses—six culture courses and three Arabic language courses—for a minor in AIMES. Details concerning these requirements are as follows:

Culture Courses

Students must take a total of six culture courses relating to AIMES (two lower-level and four upper-level) from at least three different departments. No more than two courses may be counted for AIMES credit from the department in which a student majors. A maximum of three courses for AIMES credit may be taken from any one department.

Arabic Language

Three quarters of Arabic are required. Students with prior knowledge of a relevant language may take a test that certifies that they have fulfilled this requirement.

Senior Project

In lieu of one of the six required courses in Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures, students may elect to do an independent study/reading course on a project in consultation with a member of the AIMES Faculty Advisory Council. This project may entail fieldwork with local Islamic and diaspora Middle Eastern communities in the Bay Area.
Students enrolled in the AIMES minor are strongly encouraged to participate in SCU-approved study abroad programs that pertain to Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. Before enrolling n any such program, students should check with the director and faculty members of the AIMES minor as well as the Global Engagement Office.

Anthropology Courses

ANTH 156 Anthropology of Muslim Peoples and Practices
ANTH 187 Middle East: Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 188 Middle East: Culture and Change

Art History Courses

ARTH 24 From Damascus to Dubai: A Survey of the Visual Culture of the Middle East
ARTH 121 Venice and the Other in the Renaissance
ARTH 164 Islamic Art, 600-1350 CE

English Courses

ENGL 128 Studies in the Literature of the Middle East and the Islamic World

History Courses

HIST 97 West Asia and the Middle East
HIST 142 Modern West Asia and North Africa
HIST 144S Islam in Africa
HIST 145 Islam in the Modern World

Modern Languages and Literatures

ARAB 1 Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 2 Elementary Arabic II
ARAB 3 Elementary Arabic III
ARAB 21 Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 22 Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 23 Intermediate Arabic III
ARAB 50 Intermediate Arabic Conversation
ARAB 106 Advanced Arabic Conversation
ARAB 137 Arabic Culture and Identity
ARAB 197 The Qur'an as Literature
ARAB 199 Directed Reading
FREN 114 Literatures and Cultures of the Maghreb
FREN 173 Immigration, Race, and Identity in Contemporary France

Political Science

POLI 139 Religion and Politics in the Developing World
POLI 142 Politics in the Middle East

Religious Studies

RSOC 7 South & Southeast Asian Traditions
RSOC 19 Egyptian Religious Traditions
RSOC 67 Judaism and Film
RSOC 81 Islam
RSOC 140 Animals, the Environment, and World Religions
RSOC 154 Jesus in Islam and Christianity
RSOC 174 Jewish Philosophy: Athens and Jerusalem
RSOC 182 Shia Islam in the Contemporary World
RSOC 190 Islam: Reformation & Modernity
SCTR 19 Religions of the Book