Graduate Certificate in Middle East and Central Asian Studies

Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Director, Middle East Studies

Coordinating Committee
Iqbal Akhtar, Religious Studies and Politics and International Relations
Daniel Alvarez, Religious Studies
Peter Craumer, Global and Sociocultural Studies
Eric Lobe, Politics and International Relations
Terence Peterson, History
Benjamin Smith, Global and Sociocultural Studies

The Middle East is the most significant and consequential region shaping contemporary world politics and dynamics. Strong knowledge of the Middle East is a major asset to graduates seeking employment in governmental institutions and the private sector, or going on to graduate school and into academia. The Graduate Certificate in Middle East and Central Asian Studies, which is offered through the Middle East Studies (MES), provides students with the opportunity for a rich multidisciplinary learning experience. Students have a choice of courses in the fields of international relations, geography, history, political science, religious studies, sociology/anthropology, and modern languages, among others. The program defines the “Middle East” broadly, encompassing the study of adjacent regions including Central Asia and the larger Muslim world. For more information contact Middle East Studies (MES) at the School of International and Public Affairs, SIPA 501. Email:; phone (305) 348-1792; Website: .

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution for higher education (or equivalent), with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work, or current enrollment in an FIU graduate program.

Certificate Requirements:

A total of 18 credit hours of graduate course work, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C or higher in all courses applied toward certificate requirements.

1) Core Requirements: (6 credits):

Three credits from each group below:

Group A (3 credits):

CPO 6407 Seminar in Middle East Politics
INR 5275 International Relations of the Middle East
INR 5086 Islam in International Relations
INR 5276 IR of Iran and the Persian Gulf
Group B (3 credits)

INR 5086 Islam in International Relations
REL 6097 Muslim Concepts of War: A Perspective for National Security
REL 6094 Seminar in Religious Fundamentalism
REL 6096 Advanced Religious Fundamentalism: A Viewpoint for National Security
Note: Students may choose to take additional courses from Groups A and B as “Electives”.

2) Elective Courses (12 credits):

Four courses (12 credits) from the courses listed below:

ASN 5605 Silk Road: Then and Now
CPO 6084 War, Peace and the Military
HIS 5289 Comparative History*
HIS 5930 Special Topics in History*
INR 5352 Environment and Security
INR 5062 War, Peace and Conflict Resolution in INR
INR 5276 Graduate Seminar the International Relations of Iran and the Persian Gulf
REL 5907 Independent Study in Sephardic and Oriental Jewry
INR 6266 Seminar in Russian Foreign Policy
INR 6338 Seminar in Strategic Studies*
REL 5394 Jewish Mystical Texts
REL 5360 Classical Arabic
REL 5365 Advanced Interpretation of the Quran: Gender and Jihad
REL 5368 Voice of the Prophet
REL 5616 Religion, Culture, and Politics in Israel
REL 5617 Jews and Muslims in the Middle Ages
REL 5629 Kabbalah, Peace and War
REL 6442 Religion in the Contemporary World
EVR 5353 International Energy Policy
SYD 5045 Population and Society*
SYD 6236 International Migration and Refugees*
SYO 6536 Comparative and Global Inequality*
WOH 5935 Topics in World History*

*Appropriate for the certificate when dealing with issues of the broader Middle East (Eligibility to be determined by Program Director). In addition to the courses listed above, new courses (as they become available), relevant special topics, independent studies, study abroad credits, and area studies or comparative studies courses may also be applied with the prior approval of the certificate program director. Students may consult the list of eligible courses announced at the beginning of the academic year or semester through Middle East Studies (MES)