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BA in History - Middle Eastern History

Students who would like to gain an understanding of the political and religious issues and conflicts in the Middles East should consider Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies program. Discover more about the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering applying to the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies program should have an interest in world history and a desire to study the Middle East from various viewpoints. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies program at Southern New Hampshire University offers general studies coursework in English, math, science, philosophy, and the humanities as well as an examination of the religious, political, and economic realities of the Middle East. Concentration coursework explores the rise of Islam, the regional and international conflicts the region has been involved in, and the Arab-Israeli conflict since World War II. Major coursework gives students the opportunity to study history from prehistoric times to modern times, including ancient Greece and Rome, medieval times, and the Renaissance. The program also explores the United States' history, from the original colonists to the Civil War, and through to the present, including the political, economic, and ideological events that helped the United States gain a position of world leadership. Other topics include how historians make history through close analysis of historical sources and how history is communicated.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Concentration in Middle Eastern Studies:

History Major Courses

  • HIS 109: Western Civilization I: Prehistory to Renaissance
  • HIS 110: Western Civilization II: Renaissance to Present
  • HIS 113: United States History I: 1607 to 1865
  • HIS 114: United States History II: 1865 to Present
  • HIS 340: Historical Methods
  • HIS 460: History Colloquium
  • HIS ELE: Six History Electives 200- to 400-level

Middle Eastern Concentration Courses

  • HIS 371: History of Middle East I
  • HIS 372: History of Middle East II
  • HIS 373: Arab-Israeli Conflict

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 200: Sophomore Seminar
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • SNHU 303: SNHU Experience: Life After SNHU
  • SNHU 404: SNHU Experience: General Education Capstone
  • Choose two of the following:
    • MAT 101: Culinary Mathematics (Culinary Majors Only)
    • MAT 106: Math for Elementary Education I (Education Majors Only)
    • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
    • MAT 140: Precalculus
    • MAT 200: Mathematics for the Humanities
    • MAT 210: Calculus I
    • MAT 230: Discrete Mathematics
    • MAT 240: Applied Statistics
    • MAT XX: Mathematics Elective

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

  • Choose one of the following:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Choose one of the following:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Choose one 200-level Literature Elective
  • Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four other electives:
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)
    • No more than two of these four in the same discipline

Liberal Arts Core Courses

  • FAS 201: Intro to the Humanities I: Greece Through the Renaissance
  • FAS 202: Intro to the Humanities II: Baroque Through Modern
  • LIT ELE: Literature Elective (200 Level)
  • HIS ELE: History Elective (200 Level)
  • Choose One:
    • ATH, GEO, GST, POL, PSY, SCS, or SOC Elective
  • Choose One:
    • MAT ELE: Math Elective
    • SCI ELE: Science Elective

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies program may wish to prepare for advanced career opportunities by earning a master's degree. Graduates of the program could pursue a master's degree in history, education, business, and a wide range of other areas. Examples of master's degree programs graduates may be interested in could include:

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
  • Master of Arts International Relations
  • Master of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in History
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Business Administration

Career Paths:

There are a variety of careers graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies program could pursue. Employment opportunities may be found in places such as libraries, museums, schools, research institutions, historical societies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Below are just some of the positions graduates could pursue:

  • News Journalist
  • History Teacher
  • Political Scientist
  • Lobbyist
  • Intelligence Analyst

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