Courses on the Middle East and Surrounding Regions

The Ohio State University offers a wide variety of classes related to the Middle East area (270, total), across 30 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, arts, professional schools, and applied sciences. Many of these courses have the ability to fulfill various core requirements for undergraduates (GECs). OSU also offers courses on less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Persian/Dari, Hebrew, Hindi, Pashto, Turkish, Urdu, and Uzbek, as well as Biblical Hebrew, Qur’anic Arabic, and ancient Semitic languages. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) offers 80 language courses, and 67 non-language courses.

 

Note: with the exception of higher-level language courses, listed separately, all of the area studies courses are taught in English.

Courses Offered Summer '24:

CLLC 3301.02S 

Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship Summer Camp 

Students will participate as assistants and instructors in a one-week summer camp for middle school students. Students will assist with the running of the camp, teach their area of expertise as it relates to intercultural competence and organize and teach an international game. Prereq: 3301.01S. Not open to students with credit for 2302S or 3302S. GE service learning course. 

 

CLLC 3301.02S 

Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship Summer Camp 

Students will participate as assistants and instructors in a one-week summer camp for middle school students. Students will assist with the running of the camp, teach their area of expertise as it relates to intercultural competence and organize and teach an international game. Prereq: 3301.01S. Not open to students with credit for 2302S or 3302S. GE service learning course. 

COMPSTD 1100 

Intro to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives 

This introductory course is designed to survey some of the current preoccupations in the Humanities, especially as they relate to culture, power, and identity. Instructors of 1100 seek to present relevant issues in comparative cultural study, employing a mix of cultural theory, current events, and literature, visual, and performing arts with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 1100H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts and race, ethnicity and gender div course. 

Elizabeth Vu 

Umut Mert Gurses 

Deanna Faye Holroyd 

HISTORY 2201 

Ancient Greece and Rome 

Comparative historical analysis of ancient Mediterranean civilizations of the Near East, Greece, and Rome from the Bronze Age to Fall of Rome. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, GE foundation writing and info literacy course, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 1211. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. 

 

HISTORY 2302 

History of Modern Africa, 1800 - 1960s 

Thematic survey of African history from 1800 to the 1960s. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or completion of GE Foundation Writing and Information Literacy Course, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for AfAmASt 2302. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in AfAmASt. 

Ahmad Alawad Sikainga 

 

HISTORY 3301 

History of Modern West Africa, post 1800 

History of Modern West Africa since 1800; examines West African history from the era of European conquests to the present. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format. Prereq: English 1110.xx and any History 2000-level course, or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

Ousman Kobo 

 

HISTORY 3306 

History of African Christianity 

The development of Christianity in Africa from antiquity to the present; Christianity's interaction with Islam and indigenous religions; Mission Christianity and its aftermath. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format. Prereq: English 1110.xx and any History 2000-level course, or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

Ousman Kobo 

 

HISTORY 3501 

U.S. Diplomacy, 1920-Present 

The formulation of U.S. foreign policy and foreign relations around the world from the aftermath of World War I to the modern day. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, GE foundation writing and info literacy course, or permission of instructor. GE historical study course. GE theme citizenship for div and just wrld course. 

Joseph Parrott 

 

HISTORY 3798.02 

The U.S., Europe, and the Second World War: Intersections in 20th Century History 

Study Tour in Europe exploring the history of World War II, the United States, and Europe. Prereq: English 1110.xx, History 3015, 3570, 4795, and French 3801; or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies and education abroad course. 

Robin Judd 

 

HISTORY 3798.06 

Between France and Morocco: Inclusivity and Diversity in the Francophone World 

This is a Study Abroad course offered in the 4-Week May Session that traces the evolution of plural (cultural, religious, political, and national) identities in France and North Africa, focusing on shared histories and tensions between the two countries. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE theme traditions, cultures, and transformations course. 

Alice Conklin 

 

HISTORY 4795 

Seminar in History 

Advanced research and readings on selected topics in History. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx or completion of GE Foundation Writing and Information Literacy Course, a grade of C or above in History 2800, and any 3000-level History course; or permission of instructor. 

Yigit Akin 

SOCIOL 3302 

Technology and Global Society 

Social aspects of technology, social change, and technological development; underdevelopment and the global economy. 

Danielle Schoon 

COMM 1100
Communication in Society
Role of communication in society; forms, strategies, theories and issues; interpersonal, group, organizations, public and mass communication. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 200. GE soc sci indivs and groups course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

COMM 2367
Persuasive Communication
This course is designed to increase your understanding of persuasive communication as it relates to citizenship and the American experience. As an advanced level writing course, the course is specifically designed to improve your persuasive writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills as specific citizenship behaviors. Prereq: Completion of GE Foundation Writing and Information Literacy course. Not open to students with credit for 2367H. GE writing and comm course: level 2. GE theme citizenship for div and just wrld course.

COMM 2850
Media and Citizenship
This course provides an overview of media's role in citizenship by learning about media industry operations, how media influence us, critical evaluation of media, media responsibility and literacy, and how our experiences and biases affect the current relationship between mass media and democracy. We will learn how to engage with media to promote informed, active, and responsible citizenship. GE theme citizenship for div and just wrld course.

COMM 3189
Freelance Journalism Experience
Practicing journalism as a freelance reporter. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 9 completions. This course is graded S/U.

COMM 3440
Mass Communication and Society
This course is designed to promote an understanding of basic mass communication practice. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 642.

COMM 3442
Violence in Society and Violence in the Media
This course examines the causes, consequences, and solutions to human aggression and violence. It discusses how aggression and violence are defined and measured, aggression theories, individual risk factors, contextual risk factors, protective factors, and aggression targets. It examines in detail violent media research. It also discusses how to reduce anger, aggression, and violent media effects. GE soc sci indivs and groups course. GE theme health and well-being course.

COMM 3466
Communication and Popular Culture
Communication causes and impacts of changing technological environment where traditional differences between cultural products, folk, mass, popular, low, elite, high, knowledge, journalistic, and informational are disappearing.

COMM 3800
Career Development in Communication
This course overviews various career paths for students pursing degrees in Journalism and Communication by using career development theories to develop their career planning skills. Strategies and ethical practices for career planning are applied to each major specialization for business and non-profit occupations.

Language Courses Offered Summer '24:

ARABIC 1101.02
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I: Intensive
Developing the ability to use Arabic functionally and communicatively in context; intensive oral interaction with instructor and fellow students; the basics of the writing system. Intensive classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic through regular course enrollment, transfer, or EM credit. Prereq: Permission of department. Concur: 1102.02. Not open to students with credit for 1101.01, 1101.02, or 4 credit hours of 1101.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

ARABIC 1102.02
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II: Intensive
Developing further language ability through learning how to perform certain functions orally and using them with fellow students; reading and writing passages reflecting their abilities. Intensive classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic through regular course enrollment, transfer, or EM credit. Prereq: Permission of department. Concur: 1101.02. Not open to students with credit for 1102.01 or 4 cr hrs of 1102.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

ARABIC 1103.02
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I: Intensive
Building on previously acquired functional abilities; using Arabic to express opinion and feelings; increased oral interaction in the classroom; reading simplified original texts. Intensive classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic through regular course enrollment, transfer, or EM credit. Prereq: Permission of department. Concur: 2104.02. Not open to students with credit for 1103.01 or 4 cr hrs of 1103.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course 

ARABIC 2104.02
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II: Intensive
Initiating and sustaining communication; reading and understanding short original texts and passages; writing to express many language functions. Intensive classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Prereq: Permission of department. Concur: 1103.02. Not open to students with credit for 2104.01.

Note: these classes are taught as part of the Arabic Summer Intensive, which requires a separate application (deadline: April 10).

FRENCH 1101.61
Beginning French I: Individualized DL
Individualized introduction to French via distance learning; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Taught in French. Course not open to native speakers, students with EM credit, or to students with two or more years of study in this language in high school. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 1101.01, 1101.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1101.51 or 1101.61. Repeatable to a maximum of 4 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course

FRENCH 1102.61
Beginning French II: Individualized DL
Continued individualized study of French via distance learning; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills; readings based on contemporary French culture and literature. Taught in French. Prereq: 1101.01, 1101.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1101.51 or 1101.61, or French Placement Level 8. Not open to students with credit for 1102.01, 1102.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1102.51 or 1102.61. Repeatable to a maximum of 4 completions or 4 cr hrs. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

FRENCH 1103.61
Beginning French III: Individualized DL
Continued development of listening, speaking, reading and writing with an emphasis on oral and written skills; focus on functional topics and thematic vocabulary. Taught in French via distance learning. Prereq: 1102.01, 1102.21, 1155.01, 1155.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1102.51 or 1102.61, or French Placement Level 7. Not open to students with credit for 1103.01, 1103.02, 1103.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1103.51 or 1103.61. Repeatable to a maximum of 4 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is available for EM credit.

FRENCH 1102.21
Beginning French II DL
Distance learning version of continued introduction to French; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Taught in French. Course not open to native speakers, students with EM credit, or to students with two or more years of study in this language in high school. Prereq: 1101.01 or 1101.21, or completion of 4 cr hrs of 1101.51 or 1101.61, or French Placement Level 8. Not open to students with credit for 1102.01 or 4 credits of 1102.51 or 1102.61. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

FRENCH 1103.21
Beginning French III DL
Distance learning version of continued introduction to French; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Taught in French. Course not open to native speakers, students with EM credit, or to students with two or more years of study in this language in high school. Prereq: 1102.01, 1102.21, 1155.01, or 1155.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1102.51 or 1102.61, or French Placement Level 7. Not open to students with credit for 1103.01, 1103.02, or 4 cr hrs of 1103.51 or 1103.61. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

FRENCH 2101.61
Introduction to French and Francophone Studies Individualized DL
Techniques for reading and interpreting different types of texts from the French-speaking world: stories, poetry, plays, films, music, and ads while building vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and writing skills. Prereq: 1103.01, 1103.21, or 4 cr hrs of 1103.51 or 1103.61, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2101.01, 2101.01H, or 2101.51. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is available for EM credit

FRENCH 2803.01
Paris
Exploration of the lived environment of the city of Paris through the study of its history, geography, population, and cultural production, including but not limited to art, architecture, cinema, literature, and fashion. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 1803.01 or 1803.03. GE cultures and ideas course. GE theme lived environments course.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunities:

Intercultural Competence Certificate:

Many area studies and language courses can count towards your Intercultural Competence Certificate, which is displayed on your diploma. This certificate rewards self-understanding, empathy, and intercultural communication, as well as dedication to global citizenship. 

 

Civil Discourse Certificate:

In the spirit of Ohio State’s motto – “Education for Citizenship” – the Civil Discourse for Citizenship certificate from the Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) offers students the opportunity to learn more about, and to better practice, civil discourse. Students may also wish to demonstrate their commitment to civil discourse to potential employers.

 

General Education Requirements:

Our Middle-East focused courses fulfill the following GE categories and more:

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Diversity
  • Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World
  • Historical and Cultural Studies
  • Lived Environments

We also offer several Middle Eastern languages, which fulfill the World Language Proficiency requirement. 

Additional Resources:

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