Minor Requirements

Read more at the MENA page in the Lewis & Clark Catalog.

A minimum of five courses (20 credits total). At least 12 credits must be discrete to the minor. Credits to be distributed as follows:

Core Courses

Two minor core courses, across two departments, chosen from the following:

  • SOAN 285 Culture & Power in the Middle East 
  • IA 290 Middle East Politics 
  • RELS 273 Islamic Origins 
  • RELS 274 Islam in the Modern World 

One Language Course

Chosen from the following: 

  • Arabic 201
  • Students who place out of Arabic 201 may complete the minor requirement with either: 1) Arabic 202 or above; 2) a third MENA Elective course.
  • Students may also fulfill the language requirement for the minor with the equivalent level of other regional languages (e.g. Hebrew, Turkish, Persian)

Elective Courses

Two elective courses, chosen from the following: 

  • RELS 224 Jewish Origins 
  • RELS 225 Christian Origins
  • RELS 334 Lost Books of Early Judaism
  • RELS 355 Sufism: Islamic Mysticism
  • RELS 450 Seminar: Social and Religious World of Early Judaism and Christianity
  • RELS 453 Seminar in Islamic Studies: Islamic Law 
  • SOAN 360 Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • IS 240 (Morocco Program) North African Cities
  • IS 241 (Morocco Program) Moroccan Modernity 
  • IS 242 (Morocco Program) Gender in Moroccan Society
  • IS 243 (Morocco Program) North Africa Social Movements 
  • HIST 217 The Emergence of Modern South Asia
  • HIST 259 India in the Age of Empire
  • HIST 325 History of Islam in Europe
  • HIST 328 The British Empire 
  • FREN 330 Francophone Literature (MENA themed sections)
  • FREN 350 Topics in French and Francophone Literature (MENA themed sections)
  • ENG XXX Middle Eastern Literature in Translation 

Capstone Project 

A capstone project completed under the supervision of the minor advisor. Junior or senior standing is required. Evidence that a capstone project has been completed is certified by the program director.

A capstone project consists of one of the following:

  • A MENA focused thesis and/or honors project that contributes to the completion of a departmental major.
  • A MENA focused seminar paper in a 300/400 level course that is not credited to the minor.
  • Presentation of a MENA focused paper at a conference, symposium, or in another public forum. (Venue options include the Gender Studies Symposium, the Ethnic Studies Symposium, the Middle East Studies Symposium, the Festival of Scholars, and the annual Undergraduate Student Middle East Conference at Portland State University).
  • Application for a MENA focused research grant, fellowship, or entrepreneurial funding.
  • A student-designed capstone project related to MENA, pre-approved by Program Director. 

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