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Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle East is the cradle of the three monotheistic religions. It also has some of the world's greatest archeological and religious sites. It is the locus of two thirds of the world's known oil reserves. Events in the Middle East affect our daily lives. The Middle Eastern studies curriculum enables students to gain insights into the cultural, religious, and political forces that motivate the inhabitants of this vital region of the world.


The Middle Eastern studies program trains students to develop an understanding of cultural institutions and their influence on contemporary world affairs; to explore the concepts of conflict, security, and peacemaking and to examine complex public issues vital to informed citizenship; and to develop informed beliefs and knowledge about other nations or cultures. The curriculum in Middle Eastern studies draws on a number of existing courses at UC. In addition, students will be strongly encouraged to take courses in Middle Eastern studies and languages offered at any of the many reputable American (for example, Georgetown University, Washington DC), European (for example, SOAS, London), and overseas institutions. Students will be assisted in (1) identifying and applying to institutions where courses are offered that fulfill and enrich the programmatic requirements of the Middle Eastern studies certificate and (2) seeking financial support available from a variety of sources, for example, the UC Office of International Programs, Taft Foundation, private organizations, and federal agencies to enroll in a study abroad program, for example, in Istanbul, Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Beirut, Fez, Amman, or Sanaa.


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1 years

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McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


728-C Old Chemistry
PO Box 210377
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Frederic Cadora
Phone: 513-556-3423

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Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Middle Eastern Studies Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Middle Eastern Studies Certificate Requirements
    • MES2045, Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies, DC, 3
    • HISTxxxx, One course from Middle Eastern History group 1 below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Twelve credit hours from groups 2-9 below (from at least three groups and three departments), 12
    Group 1: Middle Eastern History
    • HIST1007, Middle Eastern History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1008, Middle Eastern History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2042, Middle Eastern History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2043, Middle Eastern History II, DC, HP, 3
    Group 2: Political Institutions
    • JUDC3026, Jewish Nationalism, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2072, Iran: Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2085, Terrorism and Insurgency, SE, SS, 3
    Group 3: Culture and Geography
    • ARAB3010, Culture of Contemporary Arab Society, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3011, Arab-American Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB4036, Perils of Honor in Early Modern Worlds, 3
    • FAM2008, Music of the Middle East, DC, FA, 3
    • GEOG2031, Geography of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • JUDC1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDC1028, History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDC2041, Women in Jewish Civilization, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2046, Modern Israel, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3014, Jewish Women's Salons and Their Impact on Culture, Identity and Modernity , DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3025, Jerusalem, 3
    • JUDC3030, Jews and Islam, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3041, The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-2000, 3
    Group 4: Literature
    • ARAB3020, Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3021, Classical Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3022, Arab Women Novelists, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3023, Love and Sexuality in Arabic Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3024, Hispano-Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB4031, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought I, 3
    • ARAB4032, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought II, 3
    • ARAB4033, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought III, 3
    • JUDC3037, Israeli Literature in Translation, 3
    Group 5: Religion and Thought
    • HIST3095, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, 3
    • JUDC1035, Introduction to Judaism, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2034, Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC2061, Modern Jewish Thinkers, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3028, Women in the Bible, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3052, Gender and Judaism, 3
    • JUDC6010, Antisemitism , 3
    Group 6:Advanced language training
    • ARAB2001, Second Year Literary Arabic 1, DC, HU, 5
    • ARAB2002, Second Year Literary Arabic 2, DC, HU, 5
    • ARAB2050, Colloquial Arabic, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3001, Third-Year Literary Arabic, 3
    • ARAB3002, Third-Year Literary Arabic, 3
    • ARAB4010, Literary Arabic Grammar, 3
    • JUDC2011, Second Year Hebrew 1, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2012, Second Year Hebrew 2, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3031, Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition, 3
    • JUDC3032, Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition, 3
    Group 7: Advanced History Courses
    • HIST1045, The Emergence of Secular Jewish Identity and Culture, HP, 3
    • HIST2038, Introduction to Medieval Jewish History, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3004, The Crusades, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3035, Afghanistan and Central Asia: At the Crossroads of the World , DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3043, Medieval Mediterranean Jews 4th-15th centuries, 3
    • HIST3061, American Jewish History 1654 to present, 3
    • HIST3064, Jews in 20th-Century Europe and the Middle East, 3
    • HIST3067, Jews and Muslims in the Modern Mediterranean, 3
    • HIST3081, The Holocaust, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3084, The History of Antisemitism, 3
    • HIST4066, The Golden Age of Islamic Civilization: The Abbasid Caliphate, 3
    • HIST6023, US and Middle East Immigration and Refugees, 3
    • JUDC1090, Monuments to War and Tragedy: Engraving the Mind and Remembrance, SE, HU, 3
    Group 8:Allied Courses
    • ANTH3070, Peoples of the Balkans: Women and Men in Balkan Societies, 3
    • ANTH6026, Water Management, 4
    • ARTH1082, Non-Western World Cultures in Art, DC, FA, 3
    • ECON4082, Economic Development, 3
    • EVST3072, Culture, Environment, and Globalization, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2026, Geography of Asia, SS, 3
    • GEOG3039, Geography of Religion, 3
    • GEOG4048, Political Geography: Geopolitics, 3
    • GEOL1036, Water Sustainability and Climate, NS, 3
    • GEOL6024, Geohydrology and Introduction to Ground-Water Modeling, 3
    • POL2086, Economic Globalization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3015, Religion & Politics, 3
    • POL3062, Global religion and politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • POL3087, Regional Politics in Asia, 3
    • POL6065, Women and sustainable development, 3 - 4
    • POL6086, Asian Security, 3 - 4
    • URBN3080, Film and the Global Village, 3
    Group 9: Media and Film
    • FREN3034, Africa in Pictures and Film, 3
    • JUDC2072, Israeli Cinema, DC, HU, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tri-state location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.


Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree, your certificate will be reviewed at the time you submit your separate degree application.


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