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Area Studies Courses

Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman carry a 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic (optional Modern Standard Arabic course for 5 credits and a mandatory Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course for 3 credits) and two or three other elective courses (depending on the student’s preference) from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English including anthropology, art, history, economics, environmental studies, media Arabic, Middle East and North Africa studies, political science, religion, sociology, studio art, and women's studies. In addition to academics, our students benefit from an on-site orientation, opportunity to live with a Jordanian family, structured ways to meet local students, and organized excursions to exciting locations around Jordan.

To review Area Studies course descriptions, please visit this page: AMIDEAST Course Catalog

Note that the courses included in the catalog are a number of possible course options. Only some of the courses will be offered each semester. AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that any specific course(s) will be offered as the course list changes each semester based on previous student interest and professor availability. As AMIDEAST programs continue to grow, new courses may be added each semester in addition to those listed below. The course descriptions listed in the catalog do not represent final offerings for any given term, but rather they are intended to give students a general sense of the scope and focus of the program. Approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester, students are sent information regarding the courses that will be offered during the upcoming term through the Student Portal. A typical set of course offerings might include:

  • Modern Standard Arabic (optional)
  • Colloquial Arabic (required)
  • Media Arabic (elective)
  • Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (elective)
  • An Art course (elective)
  • A Political Science course (elective)
  • A History course (elective)
  • A Middle East Studies course (elective)
  • A Women’s Studies course (elective)

Students can contact AMIDEAST staff prior to the program start to learn about potential course offerings in an upcoming semester.