This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.
The major consists of 11 courses, only two of which may be shared with a cognate major such as international relations.
A MIST-related CORE course such as:
Proficiency equivalent to four semester of study in a single MIST-related language.
Students who wish to fulfill the language requirement though study abroad must consult with the director to determine suitable programs and the procedure for transferring credit. In some cases, students are required to successfully complete a language proficiency exam upon their return to campus.
Students who place out of two or more language courses must still complete a total of at least nine MIST courses in order to fulfill the requirements of the major. Students pursuing honors are strongly encouraged to undertake additional language study.
This requirement is normally met through completion of four of the following courses in a single language:
- MIST 121 - Elementary Arabic I
- MIST 122 - Elementary Arabic II
- MIST 201 - Intermediate Arabic I
- MIST 202 - Intermediate Arabic II
- MIST 301 - Advanced Arabic I
- MIST 302 - Advanced Arabic II
- MIST 401 - Topics in Arabic Language and Culture I
- MIST 402 - Topics in Arabic Language and Culture II
- HEBR 121 - Elementary Hebrew I
- HEBR 122 - Elementary Hebrew II
- HEBR 201 - Intermediate Hebrew I
- HEBR 202 - Intermediate Hebrew II
Five additional courses selected from among those listed below. Students must complete one 200- or 300-level course in each group (A, B, and C). These three foundational courses must be taken at Colgate. Students may not count more than two courses from any one group toward the major. Two affiliated electives may be counted towards the major. At least two courses must be at the 300 level of which only one may be an affiliated electives. Students may petition to count up to two 300- or 400-level language courses toward the major, in addition to the four required language courses mentioned in the previous section.
Group A: Arts and Humanities
- ARTS 244 - Temples, Caves, and Stupas of India (AH)
- ARTS 245 - Palaces and Paintings of India (AH)
- FREN 453 - Contemporary Literature in French
- FREN 455 - Francophone Voices from North Africa
- MIST 214/RELG 214 - Muhammad and the Qur'an
- RELG 234 - Women and Religious Traditions
- RELG 248 - Christianity, Islam, and Political Change in Africa
- RELG 282 - Islamic Traditions
- RELG 329 - Modern Islamic Thought
Group B: Historical Perspectives
- HIST 105 - Introduction to the Modern Middle East (ME)
- HIST 232 - The Crusades (EU) (with permission of instructor)
- HIST 255 - The Ottoman Empire, 1300 - 1924 (TR)
- HIST 263 - Cities of the Silk Road (TR)
- HIST 269 - History of Modern India (AS)
- HIST 385 - Darfur in Historical Perspective (AF)
- HIST 459 - Seminar on Modern Middle Eastern History (ME)
- MIST 351/PCON 351 - The Israel/Palestine Conflict
Group C: Social Sciences
- ANTH 382 - Nations, Power, Islam: Muslim Identity and Community in the Global Age
- CORE 154C - Indonesia
- EDUC 246 - Forced Migration and Education
- POSC 364 - Politics of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan
- MIST 251 - Living Egypt (Extended Study)
- MIST 253 - Aspects of Contemporary Arab Societies: Morocco (Extended Study)
The capstone course, normally taken in the fall of the senior year, consists of a 400-level MIST designated seminar, UNST 410 Seminar: Area, Regional, and Global Study, or relevant seminars in other majors with permission of the seminar instructor and their program or department. This capstone course entails the completion of a substantial research paper on a topic relevant to the MIST major. Students seeking to count a single capstone course for two majors or seeking to take a seminar that is not MIST designated or is not taught by MIST faculty must have their capstone approved by their MIST academic adviser and the MIST program director.
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program catalogue page.