African and Middle-Eastern Studies Website

(Div. II)

Chair, Associate Professor KENDA B. MUTONGI

Advisory Committee: Professors: DARROW, D. EDWARDS, C. HILL, MACDONALD. Associate Professors: E. D. BROWN***, GOLLIN, KRAUS, MUTONGI, ROUHI. Assistant Professors: BURTON, GOLDBERG, M. LYNCH. Senior Lecturer: E. GRUDIN. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows: RINGER, STONE.

African and Middle-Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the politics, societies, cultures, and historical development of the peoples of Africa and the Middle East. The program offers a wide range of courses in the area, as well as opportunities to study abroad and possibilities for graduate fellowships and careers. Students considering completing the concentration are urged to register with the chair of the program during their sophomore year. Normally, students will be expected to take six courses from at least three different departments. One of these courses should be from among the "Concepts Courses" listed below. Four should be from the "Core Courses." The sixth course will be African and Middle-Eastern Studies 401 or 402. In special cases the chair may permit substitution of an approved winter study project, or work completed elsewhere, for one or more of the electives. Proposals for honors work in African and Middle-Eastern Studies, normally involving at least a one semester thesis and an oral examination, must be submitted in writing by the beginning of the senior year and approved by the African and Middle-Eastern Studies Committee. Fulfillment of the requirements of the concentration will be recorded on the student's official transcript. Introductory Course: All students are required to take this course.
  1. AMES 201 The Greater Game? Central Asia and its Neighbors Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Same as History 211 and Religion 236)
Concepts Courses All students are required to take at least one of the following courses:
  1. ANSO 205 Ways of knowing
  2. Anthropology 101 The Scope of Anthropology
  3. Economics 204 Economic Development of Poor Countries
  4. Economics 215 The World Economy
  5. Political Science 202 World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations
  6. Political Science 225 International Security
  7. Religion 302 Religion and Society
Core Courses All students are required to take at least three of the following courses:
  1. Anthropology 346 The Afghan Jihad and its Legacy
  2. History 203 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800
  3. History 225/Religion 216 The Middle Ages
  4. History 304 South Africa and Apartheid
  5. History/Women's and Gender Studies 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa
  6. History 311 Women in the Middle East
  7. History 334 British Imperialism, Eighteenth Century to the Present (Deleted 2002-2003)
  8. History 408 The Modernization Dilemma and the Construction of Modernities in the Middle East and Central Asia
  9. History 425/Religion 215 The First Crusade
  10. Political Science 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: Dodging the Apocalypse in South Africa
  11. Political Science 323T Political Islam
  12. Religion 205 Zion: Perspectives, Narratives, Desires
  13. Religion 233 Islamic Mysticism: The Sufis
  14. Religion 270T Father Abraham: The First Patriarch
  15. Capstone Course:
All students are required to take this course. Topics vary each year.
  1. AMES/History 402 African Political Thought