This class was tough.
For anyone interested in current Middle Eastern conflicts with regard to US foreign policy, this course offers greater and deeper understanding of events - both current and historic- that can be used in further study of International Relations.
Through the course of the semester, we learned about the history of the Middle East from the Sykes Picot Agreement and the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the present. We explored case studies in foreign policy such as the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015. Dr. McKoy places emphasis on critical thinking. To know the facts is not enough. You must be able to explain the how and the why behind the who, what, where, and when.
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Advice for students:
I may have made a poor academic choice in taking this class as a freshman, but my goal was to gain a more thorough understanding of the Middle East right off the bat. Goal achieved! Some advice I wish I knew going into this class: 1. Doing the readings is not enough: Review what you've learned each week and do your own research on the side if something isn't clear enough. 2. Talk frequently with classmates: I found that when I did manage to discuss topics with classmates, I gained different perspectives on certain topics that gave me better understanding. 3. Don't forget that what you're studying is interesting! When you're interested in a topic, you retain it more easily. At times I would dread all of the assigned reading but then, when I got around to it, I would realize that I was actally having fun!