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Program Description:

The Middle Eastern and North African Program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East and North Africa; this is an area studies approach to non-western cultures and peoples. Drawing on courses in Art History, English, Government, History, Modern Languages and Religion, the program encourages students to learn about the history, culture, politics and languages of the Middle East and North Africa. It culminates in an independent capstone project designed to integrate learning from diverse areas of study. The MENA Program is not a major or a minor. Courses applied toward requirements for the Middle Eastern and North African Program may be counted also toward requirements in other programs, majors, or minors. Successful completion of the program will be noted on the transcript and on the program for Commencement exercises. Interested students should see MENA Program Coordinator, Dr. Courtney Dorroll, for more information. 

Program Coordinators:

Dr. Courtney Dorroll - Capstone Coordinator 
Dr. Dorroll advises students on their capstone projects, coordinates with MENA mentor professors, and advises students on mentor professor selection.

Dr. Phil Dorroll - Declaration Coordinator
Dr. Dorroll meets with interested and newly declared students to discuss the MENA Program, going through classes needed for the MENA Program and addressing individual MENA student progress plans.

Dr. Youness Mountaki - Assessment Coordinator
Dr. Mountaki assesses the MENA Program for accreditation purposes, and advises all Arabic Minor and MENA Program students to ensure no overlap occurs between courses for each minor/program.

Dr. Helen Dixon-Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Dixon maintains a listserv for MENA-affiliated faculty and students declared and interested in the MENA Program to email semester elective classes being offered, MENA related events on campus or in the area, and other pertinent information related to the program.

Program Requirements:

Students are required to take MENA 354 and MENA 448. Four additional courses will be chosen from the list of electives below; not more than two courses can be from the same department. MENA 354 is normally offered in the fall semester (this can be taken in your sophomore, junior, or senior fall semesters), and MENA 448 is normally taken in the spring semester of the student’s senior year. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of a program coordinator.


18 hours (six courses) as follows:

Required content course:
1. MENA 354: Middle Eastern and North African Seminar (3 hours)
This course is designed to introduce Wofford students to an area studies way of thinking about the Middle East and North Africa (or MENA) region as a place/space that emerges through the production of knowledge and representations in MENA and about it. While exploring topics that go beyond the popular depictions of this region, students will be encouraged not only to confront its diversity but also to engage with the multiplicity of ways in which the MENA region has been produced in the public and academic realms through maps, news, films, stories, articles, books, interviews, etc. Topics to be explored include nationalism(s), oil, political Islam, American intervention and foreign policy, gender and sexual identities, and news media.

2. Four more courses from the following list (with not more than two from the same department):

ARTH 225 Islamic Art (Dr. David Efurd).
ECO 310 The Economics of Immigration (Dr. Katerina Andrews)
ENGL 339 Race, Gender and Empire in World Literature (Dr. Kim Rostan)
ENGL 435 Global Digital Cultures (Dr. Kimberly Hall)
HIST 291 Modern Middle East (Dr. Clayton Whisnant)
INTL 361 Middle East Politics (Dr. Bill DeMars)
INTL 383 Revolution and Regime Change (Dr. Rachel Vanderhill)
MENA 301 Middle Eastern Films (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
REL 201 The Hebrew Bible (Dr. Helen Dixon)
REL 210 Archaeology of Religion (Dr. Helen Dixon)
REL 221 Introduction to Islam (Dr. Phil Dorroll)
REL 263 Ethnography of Religion in the Middle East and North Africa (Dr. Courtney Dorroll)
REL 304 Gods of the Biblical World (Dr. Helen Dixon)
REL 305 Death and Sacrifice in the Ancient World (Dr. Helen Dixon)
REL 306 Angels and Demons: Intermediary Celestial Beings in Historical Perspective (Dr. Helen Dixon)
REL 354 Premodern Islam (Dr. Phil Dorroll)
REL 355 Islamic Religious Traditions (Dr. Phil Dorroll)
REL 331 Christian and Islamic Theology in Comparative Perspective (Dr. Phil Dorroll)
REL 351 Political Islam (Dr. Phil Dorroll)
REL 353 Contemporary Islam (Dr. Phil Dorroll)
REL 362 Ritualized Spaces of the Middle East (Dr. Courtney Dorroll)
REL 363 Islam in the Media (Dr. Courtney Dorroll)
ARBC 101 First Year Arabic (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
ARBC 102 First Year Arabic (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
ARBC 201 Second Year Arabic (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
ARBC 202 Second Year Arabic (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
ARBC 301 Third Year Arabic (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
ARBC 302 Third Year Arabic (Dr. Youness Mountaki)
SOC 406 Social Movements (Dr. Rhiannon Leebrick)

Special or advanced topics courses in Art History, English, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion or Sociology and Anthropology approved by a coordinator.

3. Senior Capstone Project (MENA 448) (3 hours)
The capstone project may take the form of a traditional research paper of 20-30 pages, or other creative formats, subject to the approval of a capstone advisor. Projects other than research papers must be accompanied by a bibliography of sources and a 5-10 page statement explaining goals, results, and research methods. Students will work closely throughout the semester with a capstone advisor and will defend their final project before a committee; these defenses will be open to the Wofford community. Prerequisite: Permission of a coordinator.