Middle East Studies Program
The Middle East Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, aims to provide a broad intellectual foundation for understanding various aspects of the region. The program offers an interdisciplinary minor in Middle East Studies with language programs in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, and Persian. The interdisciplinary nature of the program draws on a group of faculty and students who bring perspectives from different academic disciplines, including anthropology, art and art history, economics, ethnomusicology, geography and environmental studies, history, languages and linguistics, literature, media and film studies, philosophy, religious studies, and women's studies.
The Middle East Studies Program was created through the support of a Title VI-A grant from the Department of Education for International Studies and Foreign Languages in 2009. In 2010 the interdisciplinary minor in Middle East Studies was established.
The course of study for the minor provides an understanding of the geocultural diversity of the region and promotes an awareness of the interconnectedness of the world. The curriculum includes the study of Middle Eastern languages and cultures as well as a critical framework for examining, analyzing, understanding, and experiencing contemporary nations and cultures of the region.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program makes available to the students a wide range of courses from numerous academic disciplines within the College of Arts & Humanities and the College of Social Sciences.