New UCI Armenian Studies Minor available Fall 2019

Department: Armenian Studies

Post Date: May 13, 2019

News Details

We are pleased to announce a new minor in Armenian Studies, available this Fall 2019.

The minor in Armenian Studies encourages undergraduate students to acquire the academic breadth and depth to comprehend the major issues, themes, and concepts of Armenian culture and heritage and to do so within a wider regional and global context, thus reflecting the global and interactive nature of the Armenian experience. At its core is the exploration of Armenians as imperial and national subjects in ancestral lands and also as transimperial and transnational subjects in a vast worldwide diaspora. The interdisciplinary minor consists of courses in a variety of disciplines, including history, politics, anthropology, and Armenian language. Students will expand their understanding of the broader dynamics of the Armenian experience through different eras and geographic settings, both in Armenia and the Diaspora.
Course Requirements for the Minor
No more than four courses may be taken in any one single discipline.
A. Complete: ARMN 1C or equivalent*
B. Complete: GLBL ME 60A: Humanities and Arts: Problems and Methods for Global Middle East Studies
C. Complete:
    • History 132D: Armenians and Armenia in Ancient to Early Modern World History
    • History 132E: Armenians and Armenia in Modern World History
D. Select three from the following**:
    • History 124B: Twentieth-Century Russia
    • History 126A: The Era of World War I: 1900-1939
    • History 131B: Ancient Persia
    • History 132B: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East
    • History 132C: Women and Gender in the Middle East
    • History 132H: Topics in Middle Eastern History
    • IS 117A/Anthro 125x: Transnational Migration
    • IS 165/ Pol Sci 158D/Soc Sci 188A: Introduction to Contemporary Middle East politics
    • Pol Sci 154J: Jews and Power
    • CL 100A: Nations, Regions and Beyond***
    • CL 107: Colonialism and Postcolonialism***
    • CL 108: Diasporic Literatures and Cultures***
    • CL 150: Literature in Translation***

*Students who place above the IC level will be required to substitute a higher-level Armenian language course or an additional course from Area D.
**With the approval of the Director, other relevant courses may satisfy the requirements for the minor.
***These courses must have a Middle Eastern focus to be counted toward the minor.
Residence Requirement for the Minor: Four upper-division courses required for the minor must be successfully completed at UCI. Two of the four may be taken through the UC Education Abroad Program, provided course content is approved in advance by the Director.

Students can begin enrolling in courses that satisfy the minor requirements. During fall quarter, students can then meet with their counselors to officially add the minor to their degree. If you have any questions, you can email me at We hope that the availability of the Armenian Studies minor will create and foster new opportunities!

All the best,

Houri Berberian
Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies
UCI Armenian Studies Program