Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS)

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) minor at Rutgers University-Newark is committed to several educational goals: (1) to provide our students with knowledge of the history and culture of Middle Eastern countries and Islamic civilization, with a strong global and interdisciplinary focus; (2) to provide our students with knowledge of the history and culture of Middle Eastern and/or Muslim populations in the United States, as well as their political and economic situation; (3) to provide rigorous liberal-arts training to students enrolled in the minor by honing critical thinking and writing skills; (4) to develop our students’ academic proficiency in languages of the Middle East; (5) to give students an introduction to the modes of inquiry of several academic disciplines through the lens of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.

Students may choose courses from an array of Departments and programs across the University including the Departments of African American and African Studies, English, History, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Therefore, students are offered the opportunity to acquire a broad knowledge of the Middle East and Islam, from the perspective of different disciplines.

Director: Nükhet Varlık

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Minor Requirements

In consultation with the director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) minor, students can construct a personalized course of study according to their academic, professional, and personal interests. The minor requires that students complete 18 credits chosen from Core and Elective courses. At least three (3) courses in Core courses must be taken from at least two different departments. A grade of C or higher is required for each course applied to the minor.  A list of courses that can be used to satisfy the MEIS minor requirements can be obtained in the Department of History or by visiting history.newark.rutgers.edu.

The director will consider other classes with related content for minor credits. If you have a question about whether a particular class can count, be sure to consult the director of the minor in advance.

Core Courses


-014:390 Islam in the African-American Experience


-350:338 Topics Literature: Transnational Muslim Fiction


-510:287 History of Islamic Civilization I

-510:288 History of Islamic Civilization II

-510:337 The History of Iran

-510:338 The Ottoman Empire

-510:339 The West, Islam, and the Middle East

-510:361 The Modern Middle East

-510:404 Topics Intellectual History: Zionism since 1948

-510:462 Topics Transnational History: Zionism to 1948

-510:433 Topics in Islamic History: Science, Medicine, Technology


-790:333 Government and Politics of the Middle East

-790:334 International Relations of the Middle East

-790:466 Topics Global Politics: Global Politics of Islam


-070:310 Comparative Religion

[cross-listed as 920:340 Sociology of Religion]

-920:394 Topical Issues in Sociology: Urban Space and Conflict in the Middle East


-074:101 Elementary Modern Arabic I

-074:102 Elementary Modern Arabic II

-074:131 Intermediate Modern Arabic I

-074:132 Intermediate Modern Arabic II

-074:220 Contemporary Arabic Language and Culture I

-074:221 Contemporary Arabic Language and Culture II

-074:245 Arab Society and Media

-074:301 Quranic Arabic I

-074:302 Quranic Arabic II

-074:311 Arabic Literature in English Translation I

-074:312 Arabic Literature in English Translation II

-074:353 Independent Study in Arabic I

-074:354 Independent Study in Arabic II

-074:396 Introduction to Arabic Music

Elective Courses

-350:352 Survey of World Literature: Elizabethan Drama

-510:286 The Ancient Near East

-510:365 Islam, Africa and the Contemporary World

-510:379 Colonialism and Decolonization

-510:407 Topics in Ancient History II: The History of Early Christianity

-840:456 Rumi seminar