Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Middle East and North Africa Concentration

This concentration provides students with an historical perspective on the political, social, and artistic issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Courses include the Arab-Israeli conflict, francophone literature from North Africa, and art and archeology of the ancient Near East. Students interested in the anthropology, history, or religion of this region should consider this concentration.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in global affairs must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.  Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors.  Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems or receive credit for ECON 390.

Six core courses (18 credits)

GLOA 101 - Introduction to Global Affairs Credits: 3 or SOCI 120 - Globalization and Society Credits: 3

CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3

ECON 385 - International Economic Policy Credits: 3

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries Credits: 3

GOVT 322 - International Relations Theory Credits: 3 (Note the prerequisite for this course: GOVT 132 or GOVT 133.)

6-9 credits of language study beyond intermediate proficiency

To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:

  • 9 credits beyond the completion of 210 or the receipt of heritage language waiver
  • 6 credits beyond the completion of 202

Four courses (12 credits) in an approved concentration

Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.

In addition to the courses listed below, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.

By World Region

◊ Concentration in Middle East and North Africa (MNA)

This concentration provides students with a historical perspective on the political, social, and artistic issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Courses include the Arab-Israeli conflict, francophone literature from North Africa, and art and archeology of the ancient Near East. Students interested in the anthropology, history, or religion of this region should consider this concentration.

Choose 12 credits from the following:

ANTH 308 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East Credits: 3

ARTH 319 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Credits: 3

ARTH 320 - Art of the Islamic World Credits: 3

ARTH 386 - The Silk Road Credits: 3

FREN 453 - Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture Credits: 3

GGS 325 - Geography of North Africa and the Middle East Credits: 3

GOVT 332 - Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa Credits: 3

GOVT 345 - Islam and Politics Credits: 3

HIST 281 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization Credits: 3

HIST 282 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization Credits: 3

HIST 460 - Modern Iran Credits: 3

HIST 461 - Arab-Israeli Conflict Credits: 3

HIST 462 - Women in Islamic Society Credits: 3

HIST 465 - The Middle East in the 20th Century Credits: 3

RELI 211 - Religions of the West Credits: 3

RELI 272 - Islam Credits: 3

RELI 352 - Judaism from Exile to Talmud Credits: 3

RELI 355 - Sufism Credits: 3

RELI 375 - Qur'an and Hadith Credits: 3

RELI 387 - Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Total: 12 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337.

Total: 36-39 credits (Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have 40-43 credits.)

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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