Graduate Certificate in Middle East and Muslim World StudiesPage Title

General Information:

The Middle East and greater Muslim World are the most significant and consequential regions shaping contemporary world politics and dynamics. Strong knowledge of the Middle East and Muslim World is a major asset to graduates seeking employment in governmental institutions, the private sector or in academia.

The Graduate Certificate in Middle East and Muslim World Studies, which is offered through the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, provides students with the opportunity for a rich multidisciplinary learning experience, with a choice of courses in the fields of international relations, political science, history, religious studies, geography, sociology/anthropology, global cultural studies, and modern languages, among others. The Certificate also provides an overview of the Muslim experience in the West. This Certificate program is open to degree seeking students only.

For more information contact the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, SIPA 528. Email:; Phone (305) 348-7266.

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 and 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 the Jaffer Center website.

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