Middle Eastern & North African Studies

The Certificate in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) provides students with a thorough understanding of the languages, cultures, history, and societies of the region.

The Middle East has long played a critical role in global economics and politics. Often portrayed by the media as a place of endless conflict, the Middle East is incredibly complex and made up of numerous nations, each with its own political, religious, geographic, and economic structure and traditions. Student in the MENA certificate program explore this complex region by studying the area???s literature, languages, history, politics, religion, and art.

The certificate may be of particular interest to students who plan to enter government service or global business, and complements a number of different majors including history, religious studies, political science, economics, business, geography, foreign languages, and anthropology. The program requires one year of either Arabic or Hebrew language courses.

Many students participate in a study abroad experience to build on their classroom learning

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about this certificate and its coursework.

Certificate Requirements

Total Credits Required

23 credits

Middle Eastern Language Sequence (8 Credits)

Arabic 101 - First Semester Arabic, 4 credits
Arabic 102 - Second Semester Arabic, 4 credits
or

Hebr St 101 - First Semester Hebrew, 4 credits
Hebr St 102 - Second Semester Hebrew, 4 credits
or

Hebr St 105 - First Semester Biblical Hebrew, 4 credits
Hebr St 106 - Second Semester Biblical Hebrew, 4 credits
or

One Survey Course (3 credits)

Hist 280 - Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258, 3 credits

Hist 281 - Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805, 3 credits

Hist 282 - The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 3 credits

Electives (12 Credits)

Anthro 327 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East, 3 credits

Anthro 641 - Seminar in Anthropology: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Arabic 111 - Cultures and Civilizations of the Muslim Middle East, 3 credits

Arabic 201 - Third Semester Arabic, 3 credits

Arabic 202 - Fourth Semester Arabic, 3 credits

Arabic 299 - Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle), 1-6 credits

Arabic 301 - Fifth Semester Arabic, 3 credits

Arabic 302 - Sixth Semester Arabic, 3 credits

Arabic 499 - Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle), 1-6 credits

ArtHist 315 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, 3 credits

ArtHist 324 - Art and Architecture of Byzantium, 3 credits

ArtHist 326 - Heretics and Iconoclasts: The Art and Architecture of the Christian East, 3 credits

ArtHist 327 - The Arts of Islam, 3 credits

ArtHist 435 - Art and Architecture Along the Western Silk Road, 3 credits

Classic 390 - Egyptian Mythology, 3 credits

CompLit 533 - Seminar in Trends in Modern Literature: "Development of the Arabic Novel" subtitle, 3 credits

English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

French 357 - Literature of the French-Speaking World in Translation: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

French 431 - Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

French 432 - Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (with appropriate subtitle), 1-3 credits

Hebr St 201 - Third Semester Hebrew, 3 credits

Hebr St 202 - Fourth Semester Hebrew, 3 credits

Hebr St 205 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I, 3 credits

Hebr St 206 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II, 3 credits

Hebr St 231 - Survey of the Books of the Old Testament in Translation, 3 credits

Hebr St 235 - The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible, 3 credits

Hebr St 238 - Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (with appropriate subtitle, e.g., "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"), 3 credits

Hebr St 254 - Studies in Hebrew Culture: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Hebr St 255 - The Politics of American Jewish Identity, 3 credits

Hebr St 261 - Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images, 3 credits

Herb St 268 - Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust, 3 credits

Hebr St / Hist 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization, 3 credits

Hebr St 299 - Ad Hoc, 1-6 credits

Hebr St 301 - Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew, 3 credits

Hebr St 302 - Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew, 3 credits

Hebr St 303 - Modern Hebrew Literature I in English, 3 credits

Hebr St 304 - Modern Hebrew Literature II in English, 3 credits

Hebr St 321 - The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory, 3 credits

Hebr St 332 - Women in the Bible, 3 credits

Hebr St 381 - Honors Seminar: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Hebr St 418 - Modern Hebrew Drama in Translation, 3 credits

Hebr St 419 - Contemporary Israeli Poetry in Translation, 3 credits

Hist 280 - Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258 (if not selected above), 3 credits

Hist 281 - Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805 (if not selected above), 3 credits

Hist 282 - The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (if not selected above), 3 credits

Hist 283 - Arab-Israeli Relations: The Search for Peace, 3 credits

Hist 319 - The Era of the Crusades, 3 credits

Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle, e.g., "Judaism in the Ancient World"), 3 credits

Hist 386 - Africa: The Age of Empires to 1880, 3 credits

Hist 387 - Africa: Imperialism and Independence Since 1880, 3 credits

Hist 401 - Topics in Middle Eastern History: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Hist 600 - Seminar in History: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Hist 892 - Colloquium in Medieval Islam: (Subtitle; when carrying undergraduate credit for undergraduate students), 3 credits

IntlSt 350 - Regional Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

IntlSt 450 - Internship in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle), 2-6 credits

IntlSt 550 - Senior Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Jewish 261 - Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images, 3 credits

Jewish 268 - Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust, 3 credits

Philos 452 - Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: (with subtitle "Maimonides"), 3 credits

Philos 461 - Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism, 3 credits

Philos 507 - Special Problems in Philosophy of Religion: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Pol Sci 327 - Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 3 credits

Pol Sci 329 (660) - African Politics, 3 credits

Pol Sci 371 - Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, 3 credits

Additional Information

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.

At least one half of the work for the certificate must be taken at UWM.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.750 GPA on all credits in the certificate attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.750 GPA on all certificate credits attempted, including any transfer work.