Culture and Society

Students learn the diverse aspects of culture and society in the Arab world, from structures and institutions, art, poetry, multiple discourses and practices, and definitions of identity, drawing on anthropology, sociology, literature and religious studies.

Concentration Requirements:

  • ARST-518, Culture and Society of the Arab World
  • ARST-640, Development in the Arab World: Theories, Issues, and Institutions OR ARST-532, Women and Gender in the Arab World

Development

Students learn about development and political economy in the Arab world, focusing on economic and social development, education, humanitarian aid, gender, and environmental dimensions of development. This concentration draws on economic history, political economy, sociology, and politics.

Concentration Requirements:

  • ARST-640, Development in the Arab World: Theories, Issues, and Institutions
  • ARST-564, Economics of the Middle East

History

In this concentration, students learn about the history of Middle East and North Africa, from the rise of Islam to the present. A wide range of subjects are covered, such as methods and approaches, colonial history, gender, environmental and legal dimensions. It draws on political, economic, social, and cultural history of the region.

Concentration Requirements:

  • HIST-760, Arab Historiography
  • One seminar in Middle East history, such as HIST-863/864
  • This concentration also requires that students demonstrate good chronological and geographical coverage of the Arab world.

Politics

Students learn about contemporary political developments in the Arab world and the Middle East. The program covers the study of authoritarianism, nationalism, domestic institutions and policies, war and peace-making, identity and security politics, and environmental security. It draws on Comparative Politics, International Relations, history, sociology, political economy and development.

Concentration Requirements:

  • ARST-625, Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • ARST-619, International Relations of the Middle East
  • This concentration also requires that students demonstrate good geographic coverage of the Arab world.

Women and Gender

Concentrators learn to identify and analyze the gender dimensions of political, economic and historical phenomena in the Arab world. Through a diverse range of fields such as law, history, literature, economics and anthropology, the concentration provides the students with tools to understand the changing shape of gender relations.

Concentration Requirements:

  • ARST-532 Women and Gender in the Arab World
  • ARST-640, Development in the Arab World: Theories, Issues, and Institutions OR ARST-518, Culture and Society of the Arab World