Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Interdisciplinary Minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES)

The interdisciplinary minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) provides an introduction to the various cultures, peoples, and religions —Muslim, Jewish, and Christian—of the Middle East, as well as the diverse forms of Islamic practice in Muslim societies throughout the world.  This program also encourages the study of diaspora and immigrant communities where Islamic and Middle Eastern populations constitute a religious or ethnic minority. 

A requirement of this program is a minimum of one year’s study of Arabic, a language that has cultural, religious, and political significance both in the Middle East and in global Islamic communities. 

Students enrolled in this minor have the opportunity to sample the variety of methodologies and academic disciplines—including anthropology, art history, literary criticism, history, political science, and religious studies—that address the Middle East in particular and the Islamic world at large. 

The AIMES interdisciplinary minor is ideal for students who want to develop the intellectual resources for thoughtful and informed engagement with current issues in the Middle East and the Islamic world.  AIMES is also well suited for students considering work with overseas aid organizations, government service, international business or graduate programs in international studies.

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