Middle East Studies / SWANA

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"My classes were rigorous and insightful, and the relationships I formed with professors and classmates still endure to this day."  - quote from a student

Critical Middle East / South West Asia and
North Africa (SWANA) Studies

About the Certificate

The Critical Middle East / South West Asia and North Africa Studies Certificate of Accomplishment introduces students 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. The required 3 unit courses are University of California and California State University transferable, and collectively meet graduation area requirements in D-Social Sciences, E-Humanities, and H1-Diversity.

Sample announcement of classes for the Critical Middle East Studies Certificate

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.

The program primarily serves students who are transferring to a four-year university and additionally serves as professional development for employers, community-based organizations, and social and government agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

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  • Describe the cultural and ideological influence of Islam and other major religions in the Middle East/SWANA.
  • Compare the political systems of the Middle East/SWANA within a historical and social context.
  • Examine social and cultural expressions within Middle Eastern/SWANA societies and diaspora communities.
  • Analyze the relationship of women and minority groups to the state and society in the Middle East/SWANA and within diaspora communities.
  • Evaluate and challenge the assumptions that underpin anti-Semitic and anti-Arab discrimination, Islamophobia and other forms of oppression.

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