Jan 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Middle Eastern Politics Undergraduate Certificate

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The Middle East features often in statements made by politicians, and stories from the region are a constant staple of the media. However, the region is still considered by many to be a “mystery.” This perception is in part a result of the misrepresentation of the region and its peoples, in addition to the incessant regional political developments, especially during the current decade. The purpose of this certificate is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the politics of the region that goes beyond stereotypes disseminated by the media and manipulated by political and interest groups. It will introduce students to current research and practice concerning the complex interplay among the different peoples and the states of the Middle East, as well as the interaction between the region and the rest of the world. While the certificate will be issued and managed by the Political Science department, students can take courses from other departments and programs, for instance Geography, History, Modern Languages, Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Such an interdisciplinary approach will expose students to a variety of perspectives on the study of the Middle East. It will also train students to investigate the interconnections among the different aspects of politics in the region.

Program Delivery

The certificate can be earned either through our traditional on-campus courses, or entirely though classes offered in a weekend-intensive format in our New Directions program. Students may take classes in either format desired.

Declaring This Certificate

Any undergraduate admitted to CU Denver in a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking program may pursue this certificate.

To declare this certificate, students must meet with the Political Science Department advising faculty.

General Requirements

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Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the approved courses.
  2. Students must complete all courses at the upper-division level (3000 or 4000 level). With the exception ARAB 2120 (Intermediate Arabic 2).
  3. All of the credit hours for this certificate must be earned at the CU Denver.
  4. Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.

Program Restriction, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. Only one course can be an independent study, which must be approved by Political Science Department as the certificate advisor.

  2. Students must complete at least three Political Science courses in the certificate.

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