About Critical Middle East/Southwest and North Africa Studies

The Critical Middle East / South West Asia and North Africa Studies Certificate of Achievement and Associates in Arts Degree introduces you to an analysis of the history, politics, society, culture, and religions of the Middle East / South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA) with attention to major events in the region and their representations and impacts across the Diaspora, especially in the United States. The program integrates area studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, and interdisciplinary methodologies.

Explore Potential Careers

The program appeals to diverse students, including international students who plan careers in many areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences with an emphasis in the Middle East / SWANA such as Religious Studies, International Relations, International Law, Global Studies, Political Science, Ethnic Studies, History, Language and Literature.

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
IDST 29 Islam: Identity & Culture 3  
Major Requirement Elective (Diversity & Social Justice) See Counselor 2  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
CCSF Area A Communication/Analytical Thinking 3  

Total Units: 12-14 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
IDST 30 Demystifying the Middle East 3  
POLS 45 Governments and Politics of the Middle East 3  
CCSF Area E Humanities 3  
CCSF Math Requirement See Counselor 3-5  

Total Units: 12-14

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
IDST 31 Women and Gender in the Middle East 3  
Major Requirement Elective (Social Justice) See Counselor 3  
CCSF Area C Natural Sciences 3-4  
CCSF Area F United States History and Government 3  
CCSF Area H Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 15-16

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
IDST 81B Diversity and Social Justice: Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism 1  
Major Requirement Elective See Counselor 3  
CCSF Area G1 Health Knowledge 3  
CCSF Area G2 Physical Skills 1-2  
Major Requirement Elective See Counselor 3  
Degree Applicable Elective See Counselor 3  
Degree Applicable Elective See Counselor 4  

Total Units: 18+

View Requirements in College Catalog

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Transfer Options

The programs required 3 unit courses are the University of California and California State University transferable, and collectively meet graduation area requirements in D-Social Sciences, E-Humanities, and H1-Diversity.

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives. 

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    Calligraphy

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    Islamic geometry

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    CMES-SWANA Eid Celebration

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    Columns Hagia Sophia

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    Hall of Two Sisters

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    Professors Alexander and Jandali

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    SWANA map

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