Certificate Fact Sheet

Certificate Fact Sheet
Middle Eastern and
North African Studies
About MENA
The Certificate Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) offers students a background in Middle
Eastern and North African languages, cultures, history, and
civilization. The program requires one year of either Arabic
or Hebrew language courses and a historical survey course.
Upper-level courses offer students the opportunity to explore
Middle Eastern literature, history, politics, religion, and art
in greater depth.
In addition to taking courses related to the Middle East
and North Africa, students have opportunities to meet and
study with Middle Eastern scholars who regularly visit UWM
through a number of institutional partnerships with Middle
Eastern universities. Students also may take advantage of
study abroad programs that offer credit for academic work in
the Middle East and North Africa.
Why Study MENA?
The Middle East has a long and rich history and is currently
a place of much interest because of the critical role the
region plays in world politics and economics. The region
also defies the generalizations commonly portrayed in the
media – it is complex and made up of numerous nations,
each with its own political, religious, geographic, and
economic structure and traditions.
The Certificate may be of particular interest to students
who plan to enter government service or global business,
but it is also a valued complement to studies in history,
religious studies, political science, economics, geography,
foreign languages, anthropology, and other related fields.
Knowledge of the Middle East and its peoples, cultures, and
history adds perspective and another lens through which to
view current events.
agency is one of the more obvious choices, there also are
opportunities to be found in the private sector at consulting
companies, businesses that operate internationally, and
nonprofits that focus on humanitarian issues.
A growing population of Americans living in the Middle
East also creates opportunities for teachers and, for those
with local language fluency, translators.
Certificate Requirements
Students are required to take:
8 credits in a single language sequence from either
Hebrew or Arabic.
One history class chosen from:
» Hist 280 – Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period
» Hist 281 – Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period
» Hist 282 – The Modern Middle East in the
Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Twelve elective credits of which nine credits must be at
the 300-level or above.
Career Opportunities
Some of the options for electives include the following. For
the most current full list, see the MENA web site.
An understanding of the Middle East and Middle Eastern
people is useful in almost every professional field from health
care to journalism, education to business. While government
service in the State Department or other federal or state
Arabic 164 – Arabs and Islam in America
Arabic 201 – Third Semester Arabic
Arabic 202 – Fourth Semester Arabic
Certificate programs are similar to minors. They are comprised of 15 to 26 credits in a specialized subject matter, and include
coursework from different departments. Certificates can be combined with a degree program, or they are available as stand-alone
options for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from any accredited college or university. Many certificates also will
enroll individuals with a strong interest in the topic area but who do not have a degree.
Arabic 297 – Summer Study Abroad: Maternal and
Infant Health in Morocco: Women’s Rights and Family
in Islam
Arch 533 – Signature Buildings in Geopolitical Context
ArtHist 315 – Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
ArtHist 326 – Heretics & Iconoclasts: The Art and Arch
of the Christian East
ArtHist 327 – Islamic Art in Medieval Spain
Classics 390 – Egyptian Mythology
CompLit 135 – Experiencing Literature in the 21st
Century: “Middle East through Fiction and Film”
CompLit 231 – Literature and Religion: “The Quran as
CompLit 350 – Topics in Comparative Literature:
“Arabic Women’s Writing”
CompLit 360 – Seminar in Literature and Cultural
Experience: “Arabic Women Writers in Translation”
CompLit 533 – Seminar in Trends in Modern
Literature: “Development of the Arabic Novel”
Geog 231 – Geography of Islam
HebrSt 201 – Third Semester Hebrew
HebrSt 202 – Fourth Semester Hebrew
HebrSt 235 – The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible
HebrSt 236 – The Biblical World
HebrSt 301 – Modern Hebrew Lit I, in Hebrew
HebrSt 303 – Modern Hebrew Lit I, in English
HebrSt 321 – The Holocaust & the Politics of Memory
HebrSt 332 – Women in the Bible
HebrSt 418 – Modern Hebrew Drama in Translation
HebrSt 419 – Contemporary Israeli Poetry in
Hist 274 – Ancient Egyptian Civilization
Hist 283 – Arab-Israeli Relations: The Search for Peace
Hist 385 – Political Islam to Zionism: Middle East
Intellectual History
Hist 386 – Africa: The Age of Empire to 1880
Philos 461 – Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism
Pol Sci 327 – Politics of the Middle East and North
Pol Sci 329 – African Politics
Pol Sci 371 – Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Wmns 300 – Gender and Spirituality: Women and
Gender in Islam
Study Abroad
Studying abroad is not required for the certificate but is
an option that should be considered seriously by MENA
students. Study abroad is a life-changing experience for
MENA Studies • www4.uwm.edu/letsci/certificates/mena/
anyone, but
for students
of language,
culture and
history, politics,
and economics.
The study
experience is
about much more than just visiting another country. The
experience provides personal, educational, professional,
and social enrichment beyond what can be taught in a
classroom. While earning credits towards their degree,
students simultaneously are building their resumé, seeing
new perspectives, building their language skills, gaining
self-confidence, and applying classroom theory to real-life
Center for International Education
UWM offers programs around the globe, including Middle
Eastern programs in Jordan, Morocco, and Israel.
The Center for International Education serves the UWM
community with international, global, and area studies
programs; academic and public lectures and conferences;
and student services for international students at UWM and
UWM students wishing to study overseas.
For those going abroad, the Center prepares students for
the cultural and academic differences they will face in
another country. Understanding that study abroad is a
financial burden for many UWM students, the Center also
consults with students not only on destination options but
also on financial aid.
Revised 03/13
For Program Information:
Ellen Amster or Caroline Seymour-Jorn
414-229-4749 or 414-229-5058
[email protected] or [email protected]
For Advising Information:
Last Names A-L
AJ Corner
Garland Hall 111
[email protected]
Last Names M-Z
Aparna Datey
Garland Hall 113
[email protected]
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