Middle East Studies Course Brochure Spring 2014

Interested in Middle East Studies? Check out the course brochure!

USC Middle East Studies Program Open House and Meet & Greet


Egypt-Syria Event


Fall 2013 Career Fair


The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.



Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information: careers.usc.edu

New Middle East Studies Courses in Fall 2013

* New Middle East Studies Courses in Fall 2013

*    Three Lectures on Iranian History and Culture in

    Two Weeks (including one today!)

* New Degree Minor in Iranian Studies


* New Courses for Fall 2013

MDES 313: Modern Iran (now on the schedule, MW 10-11:15)

MDES 324: Classical Persian Literature in Translation (pending to appear on the schedule in the next few days, TTh 2-3:20pm)

These upper-division courses count towards the major and minor in Middle East Studies and the new minor in Iranian Studies.

* Come hear afternoon lectures presented by visiting experts on different aspects of pre-modern Iranian history and literature.

1) “Demigods, Ingrates, and Ideals of Kingship in Early Modern Iran” by Hani Khafipour (University of Chicago)-Today, April 25, 4 PM in VKC 211

 2) “Restoring the ‘Good Religion,’ Renovating the World: Ardashir’s Battle against a Giant Worm” [on an important episode in the Shahnameh], by Dr. Nasrin Askari (University of Toronto)

Tuesday, April 30, 4 PM in VKC 211

 3) “Mirrors of Glory: Persian Salvation Histories and Visions of the Past in the Post-Mongol Historiography of Iran” by Dr. Khodadad Rezakhani (London School of Economics)

Thursday, May 1, 4 PM in VKC 211

* Minor in Iranian Studies, available Fall 2013

Required Courses, Lower Division

MDES 120            Persian I               4 Units

MDES 150            Persian II             4

MDES 220            Persian III            4

MDES 250            Persian IV            4

Some or all of these may be waived by placement examination.

Required Courses, Upper Division

Four courses—16 units from among the following

MDES 320            Advanced Persian I                         4 Units

MDES 350            Advanced Persian II                        4

MDES 349g          Ancient Empires                               4

MDES 312            Iran in the Middle Ages                 4

MDES 313            Modern Iran                                      4

MDES 324            Classical Persian Literature           4

MDES 325            Modern Persian Literature          4

MDES 461            Topics in Ancient Iranian Languages and Cultures              4


One of these four may alternatively be chosen from the following list of existing upper-division courses that cover material relevant to Iran or which situate an aspect of Iran in a broader context.

ANTH 335            Comparative Muslim Societies

CLAS 360              Classical Arabic Literature in Translation [covers period 500-1500]

HIST 324g             Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 382               The Middle East 500-1500

POSC 351             Middle East Politics

REL 315                 Thought and Life of Islam

REL 316                 Women and the Islamic Tradition

REL 414                 History of Islamic Law

If you have any questions about these developments and events, just ask! I hope to see you at the lectures. –Prof. Kevin van Bladel, Director, Middle East Studies Program

The Invisible Men Screening


The Campus Conversation Series: USC Women Who Have Served


Grace Ford Salvatori Community Service Tuition Scholarships

The Salvatori Community Scholars program provides support to advanced graduate students who are doing community-based research whose experiences with community-based organizations can lead to new opportunities for service-learning students at USC.

Scholar(s) work with JEP’s Associate Director for Research and Academic Affairs, USC faculty, and one or more community organizations to develop service-learning projects for undergraduate USC students. Projects are to be jointly determined by the needs of the community, the academic goals of the service-learning course, and the abilities and interests of the Scholar, and might include participatory action research or direct service activities. All projects must involve undergraduate students in work that builds their knowledge and skills while supporting the Scholar in a community-centered project. Ideally, the service-learning project will closely correspond to the scholarly activities of the Salvatori Community Scholar.

Check out the link for more information and how to apply! http://dornsife.usc.edu/salvatori-community-scholars

Meet, Greet and Grab a Bite to Eat!

Thursday, March 14, 2013. 11:30 am- 1:30 pm @ TCC 352


Troika: An Undergraduate Journal in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies- Accepting Submissions

Troika: An Undergraduate Journal in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2013 issue. The deadline for submissions is March 1st.

The journal publishes outstanding undergraduate student work in Eastern European and Eurasian studies. This may include, but is not limited to, academic research papers, creative writing, photography, artwork, and memoirs. If you would like to submit your work to Troika, please e-mail it as an attachment to thetroikajournal@gmail.com, and please include your name, university, major, and graduation year. All submissions must be original, unpublished work, limited to 3,000 words. If you are submitting photography or artwork, you are welcome to submit more than one piece, but please include a short description of the photograph or art. If you are unsure whether your submission is appropriate for the journal, or if you have any other questions, feel free to send an email to thetroikajournal@gmail.com.

Additional information and a PDF version of previous issues of the journal are available on our website: http://www.troika.berkeley.edu