This is an archive of the 2019-2020 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2019-2020 University Catalog.
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About the Program

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) program offers courses in the languages, histories, religions, cultures, sociology and politics of Middle Eastern peoples. It also seeks to enhance students’ understanding of Islamic cultures and the Muslim communities both internationally and within the United States. In addition, MEIS provides an academic home for the study of the intellectual, cultural and material conditions that have shaped our current understandings of and relationships with the Middle East and Islamic societies. Among the primary beneficiaries of this program are students interested in becoming scholars, journalists, translators, interpreters, diplomats, businesspersons, negotiators, teachers and personnel in foreign offices. Some of the courses in the program satisfy General Education (GE) requirements or may be used as electives in several majors. Through offering the minor, sponsoring courses, organizing conferences, film and lecture series, MEIS brings together interested students, faculty and Middle Eastern communities in larger Los Angeles.

Academic Advisement

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Director Nayereh Tohidi at (818) 677-7218 to schedule an appointment. The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.


Scholars, diplomats, interpreters, translators, businesspersons, journalists, negotiators, personnel in foreign offices, teachers and more.

Program Committee

  • Ahmed Bouguarche (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
  • Owen P. Doonan (Art)
  • Rachel T. Howes (History)
  • Jody E. Myers (Religious Studies and Jewish Studies)
  • Mustafa Ruzgar (Religious Studies)
  • Suzanne Scheld (Anthropology)
  • Khanum Shaikh (Gender and Women’s Studies)
  • Nayereh Tohidi (Gender and Women’s Studies)
  • Melissa Wall (Journalism)


Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program
Director: Nayereh Tohidi
Jerome Richfield (JR) 340
(818) 677-7218