What is a Middle East and Islamic studies minor?

The Middle East is crucial to world events in the past, the present and the future. It offers a wealth of topics that are important to understand in an interdisciplinary fashion within the context of a liberal arts and sciences education. Furman’s Middle East and Islamic studies minor is a secondary series of courses designed to introduce students to an increasingly complex and diverse part of the world. The student can complete this minor along with a chosen major area of study.

Why study Middle East and Islamic studies at Furman?

A rare option among schools of similar size, the Middle East and Islamic studies minor at Furman is rooted in the disciplinary methodologies of distinct fields of political science, history and religion. As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. Small class sizes mean that students benefit from individual attention from faculty who are among the best in their fields. Plan a visit or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Your Furman career will offer rich experiences both in and out of the classroom for a broad variety of study areas. Our focus on engaged learning leverages our strong undergraduate research, internship and study away opportunities. Small class sizes allow you to work closely with renowned professors with deep expertise in the specialized disciplines in the Middle East and Islamic studies course pool. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

Featured Middle East and Islamic studies courses

  • 16
    courses to choose from in the Middle East and Islamic studies catalog
  • 94%
    placement rate for all students six months after graduating (employed or in graduate school)
  • 70+
    total areas of study at Furman

What our students say

“The MEIS minor helped me better understand my colleagues and my students who are Muslim or who immigrated from the Middle East. Also, my minor sparked a lifelong interest in MEIS topics and MEIS-related initiatives. I believe that if more students in the U.S. are better informed about the Middle East and Islam, harmful prejudice might stop impeding good work and progress.”
– Evdokiya Kostadinova ’14

Meet the faculty

Buket Oztas

Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Co-chair, Middle East and Islamic Studies

Alfons Teipen

Professor of Religion, Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor

Tuğçe Kayaal

Assistant Professor, History
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Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor F.A.Q.