University of Missouri offers new Middle East studies minor

2 months 5 days 9 hours ago October 05, 2016 Oct 5, 2016 Wednesday, October 05 2016 Wednesday, October 05, 2016 2:32:15 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of Missouri will now offer a minor on Middle East studies.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the new program starting this fall will allow students to choose 15 credit hours from 11 disciplines, including art, archaeology, history, literature and religious studies.

Nathan Hofer, who holds a doctorate in religious studies with a primary emphasis on Judaism and a secondary emphasis on Islam, directs the new minor.

Hofer said he wants students to have a framework to understand that the Middle East is more diverse, religiously and politically, than most people understand.

According to assistant professor of history Victor McFarland, students often do not get the chance to learn about the region beyond what they read in news headlines.

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