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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

The Middle East is a region of historic and contemporary importance in which three of the major world faiths developed. Rulers built empires whose peoples made lasting contributions to philosophy, the visual and literary arts, architecture and mathematics. The relevance of significant trade routes in the past continues in the region today in its major commercial centers and industries of profound importance. Saint Louis University's Middle East studies minor facilitates the exploration of these various factors that have shaped the Middle East, also exposing students to the history, cultures and religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, among other religions in the region.

Curriculum Overview

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-Madrid.

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 2590 Introduction to Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • THEO 2490 Studies in Theology and History: Muslims, Christians, and Jews
  • THEO 2725 The Qur'an and the Bible
  • THEO 2730 Islam: Religion and Culture
  • THEO 2750 Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths
  • THEO 3115 Old Testament: Prophets
  • THEO 3490 Studies in Theology and History: Archaeology of the Bible
  • THEO 3130 Ancient Israel and the Near East
  • THEO 3745 Jesus in the Qur'an
  • THEO 3730 Jewish Life and Thought
  • THEO 4710 Islam and Christian Theology: Comparing Theological Themes
Internships and Careers

The Middle East studies minor provides graduates with the tools to explore 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.


SLU's Middle East studies faculty hold appointments across disciplines, giving students a unique opportunity to learn from mentors from a wide range of academic backgrounds. For more information about the program, contact:

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

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To be admitted to the major, you must have at least a 2.00 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a departmental advisor.