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Regional Studies (RS)

Regional Studies (RS) courses are also considered Humanities (HU) courses and can be taken as Humanities electives.

Courses

RS 299  Special Topics in Regional Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Regional Studies.

RS 306  Studies in Middle Eastern History and Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

This is an introductory survey to the history of the Middle East, politics, and diplomacy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The students will be introduced to the challenges of politics in the Middle East and will develop their appreciation and better understanding of the historical events that led to establishment of the State of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, several wars, population displacement, terrorism, outstanding questions in the peace process, links between the Arab-Israel dispute and the Gulf/Islamic world. The course will also cover the expanding role of religion in the Middle East.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

RS 307  Islam and Arabic Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

An interdisciplinary course that explores the basics of Islam and aspects of Arabic culture. The Arab-Islamic culture has two main sources for legislation: the Holy Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet. There are other moral and social teachings from Pre-Islamic Arabia that have lasted and are part of the Arabic culture today such as the Bedouin code of ethics; however, the Holy Quran is the principal source of the ArabIslamic culture and constitutes the framework that charts Arabic character and aspirations.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

RS 310  Modern Middle East in World Affairs  3 Credits (3,0)

The Modern Middle East in World Affairs course offers a cultural and historical examination of the societies, geographies, economies, and politics of the Middle East from WWI to the present in relation to recent and current world events and policies. The course explores the different historical and current conflicts and reforms of the nations in the region as well as the societies, cultures, and politics of these nations to compare them with those of the US in an attempt to explain how and why they differ.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

RS 399  Special Topics in Regional Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Regional Studies.