Foreign language programs
Your language study at Northwestern will include cross-cultural opportunities around the world and outside your door as you learn about breaking through barriers. In addition to spending a semester abroad, you might accompany professors as they translate in the courtroom or hospital.
Middle East Studies Minor
The Middle East Studies minor prepares students to engage with the Middle East and the Islamic world, a religion and worldview that will continue to play a critical role in world affairs for the foreseeable future. The minor incorporates a variety of disciplines including history, religion, language and sociology.
|Choose one program:
|GEN 310 - Middle East Studies Program
No course description available.
|GEN 354 - Oman Semester
|Choose 8 credits:
|HIS 230 - Issues in Cross-Cultural History: Islamic Civilization
(Chinese Civilization, Islamic Civilization and Latin America-General Education
options under Integrative General Education Cross-Cultural
requirement)(European/world history) Study of a selected topic in a field of
history other than Europe, Canada and the United States. Each offering will
have as a major goal to identify prominent contemporary features of the
civilization/culture(s) under study and consider how these features have
historically developed. May be taken more than once provided a different topic
is studied. Prerequisite: HIS120HP. (4 credits; alternate years, consult
|PSC 235 - Comparative Politics
(4 credits) A broad survey of politics, political change, political institutions and public policy in several selected countries from different continents. Contrasts with the United States are emphasized and special attention is paid to historical development, ideological, religious and social factors.
|REL 295 - Intercultural Communication
(2 credits) Christian ministry and mission is essentially an ongoing process of
interacting effectively with others in ways appropriate to one's message and global/local
contexts. By providing a progressively integrated understanding of
intercultural issues, this course will enable students to apply principles of
communication through their particular vocation or ministry so that they
connect theory with models and practice to appropriately communicate the Gospel
message across cultures and micro-cultures.
|REL 390 - World Religions
(4 credits) The major religions of India, East Asia and the Middle East are examined in the light of the Christian faith. This course emphasizes the interaction of religion and culture with a view to cross-cultural understanding. In-depth research into a specific culture and religion is required.
|SOC 290 - Cultural Anthropology
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society or Cross-Cultural Engagement. Cannot count toward meeting both requirements) This course is about learning a way of seeing and understanding other cultures and our own culture(s) - introducing and drawing on ideas and insights from the field of Cultural Anthropology. In a globalizing and increasingly interconnected world these ideas and insights can serve a critical need in helping us understand and learn how to live in with cultural diversity and complexity. Thus the value of this course is in learning a new way of seeing and understanding, a way that helps us think about what it means to be human, a way that helps us understand and live with our neighbors - locally and globally.
|SOC 312 - Sociology of Religion
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course examines sociological perspectives on religion in a changing and globalized society. The course readings and discussion will focus on three questions: What is "religion"? What is the relationship between modernity and religiosity? How does one's social position shape his or her experience of religiosity? The course will encourage students to reflect upon the relationship between sociological insights and their own experiences of religion.
|Total Credits Required: 24