In recognition of the global importance of Middle Eastern cultures and communities, the University of San Francisco has developed a new minor program in the interdisciplinary field of Middle Eastern Studies.The minor introduces students to the historical, religious, and political trends that have shaped the Middle East. Drawing upon diverse and comparative perspectives, the minor facilitates a broad understanding of the Middle East that takes into account the complexity and richness of the region. The minor enables students to understand the historical contributions of the Middle East to human civilization and the importance of the Middle East to international politics today.
The Middle East is the origin of the world's earliest civilizations and of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Middle East has also produced many of the world's finest achievements in architecture, art, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, science, theology, law, and literature. A balanced and informed understanding of the region is especially useful to students interested in seeking careers in diplomacy, education, foreign service, grassroots organizing, and international relations.