Middle East Studies (minor) (Madrid)

SLU-Madrid’s minor in Middle East studies addresses many historical and contemporary issues related to the Middle East. Courses offered at the Madrid campus focus on topics such as religious coexistence in medieval Spain, the presence of Jesus in the Qur'an, archaeology of the Bible, and an introduction to the politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Through this program students gain a deeper understanding of this key area of the world, thereby enhancing other areas of study, such as history, political science or business.

Minor in Middle East Studies


Highlighted Courses

Saint Louis University’s Middle East studies minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours, including two semesters (six credit hours total) of university-level Arabic. This condition does not apply to native speakers of Arabic or any other Middle Eastern language, such Turkish, Farsi, Kurdish or Hebrew, or to students who can demonstrate equivalent proficiency through examination. In these cases, students take an additional three credit hour elective from the list of approved courses instead. Students who are proficient in another Middle East language should discuss their course of study with the coordinator of the minor.

The remaining credit hours are made up of electives that allow you to tailor the minor to your own interests and enhance the other international programs offered at SLU.

As part of the required capstone project, students revise a research paper, writing assignment or creative project that was originally written for one of the elective courses from the minor. They present their papers at an annual capstone event during their senior year.

Middle East studies courses offered at SLU-Madrid:

  • HIST 3760: Medieval Spain: Christians, Jews, and Moors
  • HIST 3770: History of the Jews in Spain
  • ISTD 1100: Introduction to International Studies (one credit hour)
  • POLS 2930: Introduction to Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • THEO 2490: Studies in Theology and History: Muslims, Christians, and Jews
  • THEO 2730: Islam: Religion and Culture
  • THEO 2750: Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths
  • THEO 2930: The Bible and the Holy Land
  • THEO 2930: The Qur'an and the Bible
  • THEO 3115: Old Testament: Prophets
  • THEO 3490: Studies in Theology and History: Archaeology of the Bible
  • THEO 3730: Jewish Life and Thought
  • THEO 3930: Ancient Israel and the Near East
  • THEO 3930: Jesus in the Qur'an
  • THEO 4710: Islam and Christian Theology: Comparing Theological Themes


Internships and Careers

The Middle East studies minor provides graduates with the tools to better understand the history, culture and realities of the Middle East and is excellent preparation for students who wish to work or continue study in the fields of international relations.

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To apply to minor in Middle East studies at SLU-Madrid, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete a declaration of major/minor form, available in the Madrid Office of the Registrar.