Middle East Peace Studies
Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*
Fall Term 2010
August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams
Spring Term 2011
January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges
*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin
The Middle East Peace Studies program seeks to provide an intellectual and practical response to the spread of war in the Middle East and to increased militarism throughout the world. Middle East Peace Studies courses encourage inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue in a non-partisan fashion.
The Middle East Peace Studies minor is composed of the following 21 hours:
Must complete one of the following seminars:
Middle East Studies: Courses in this area familiarize students with different aspects of Middle Eastern history, languages and culture. By focusing on some of the major issues that have defined this region we will seek to untangle some of the complexities that have been central to the ongoing conflicts.
Choose nine hours from the following Middle East Studies courses:
(*If not taken as a seminar)
Choose nine hours from the following courses:
Normative Views: Courses in this area of study explore the impact of religious, philosophical, and cultural discourses on war and peace. They examine the use of force and violence as seen through the world's religious traditions, by investigating the different ethical viewpoints, theological orientations and philosophical perspectives that have been used either to reject or approve the role of violence in a given historical situation.
Historical and Institutional Practices: Courses in this area investigate the institutional and historical underpinnings of war and peace in history and at present. These courses will entertain such questions as: Why people fight each other, how war has changed throughout history, and what sort of political and economic conditions were more suitable for a long-term peace and which ones were (or are) prone to war and militarism. Students will become acquainted with the types of political organizations and forms of governments that are most in keeping with international norms and most conducive to human rights.