Anthropology, Arabic, Economics, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Independent Study, International Relations, International Studies, Media Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Urban Planning
Examine critical issues in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state confronting political responsibilities, modernization, social change, and the effects of regional conflicts and an ensuing refugee crisis.
The program looks at the enormous strides Jordan has made in healthcare, literacy, and democratic and economic reform as well as the challenges it faces from a lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, and economic and social issues. Students also consider the impact of Palestinian and Iraqi immigrants and refugees, who now make up more than half of the nation’s population. Students learn or greatly advance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic.
Major topics of study include:
The reach of social change and opinion leaders in Jordan
The impact of modernization on Jordan’s culture and society
The underpinnings of the Arab Spring on politics and society in Jordan and neighboring countries