American Univesity of Beirut

Middle Eastern Studies Info

​Below are the courses offered by CAMES as part of the MA program. Visiting students may also enroll for these courses as part of their study abroad program. To find out which courses are currently being offered, please contact CAMES for an accurate course schedule.

The Special Topics courses below are offered under various subjects each semester. To see the all subjects that have been taught under Special Topics courses in recent years, please click here.
MEST 201 Introduction to the Middle East  (3 cr.)
This course provides a introductory survey of the history, politics, political economy, international relations, and cultures of the contemporary Middle East.
MEST 210 Special Topics in Middle Eastern Studies (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to various topics in Middle Eastern Studies. 
MEST 300 Making of the Modern Middle East (3 cr.) 
A survey of the history of the modern Middle East with a focus on the 18th century to the present, which introduces the main political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and forces that have most profoundly informed social and political realities in the region. The course will focus on a number of significant developments and movements, including the era of reform; the emergence of Arab nationalism, Zionism, and Islamism; the rise and formation of modern nation states; the role of imperialism and colonialism; regional and international conflicts; and social and cultural changes.
MEST 301 Introduction to the Middle Eastern Studies (3 cr.)
A general seminar in Middle Eastern Studies designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East. Faculty from the various departments associated with CAMES such as History and Archaeology, Philosophy, Arabic, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Economics and Political Science are asked to present one or two seminars that illustrate the approaches and methodologies used in their respective fields to study the region.

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