Fall Semester 2016

McGhee Center Students

Fall 2016 Courses    Fall 2016 Calendar      Fall 2016 Program Fees     How to Apply              

Courses Offered:


All students must enroll in a Turkish language course while on the program

Turkish language course instructors: NECMIYE GÜNEYLIOĞLU and MEHMET ÇEKIN

TURK-003 Beginning Turkish I – 4 credits
TURK-021 Intermediate/Advanced Turkish – 3 credits
(This course requires the equivalent of one or more academic years’ previous study of the Turkish Language, or permission of the instructor.)


THEO: Art and Religion in Turkey: Pagans, Christians, Muslims and Jews in Words and Images
(Professor Ori Soltes, 3 Credits)

This course considers the interweave between religion and art as that interweave expresses itself over the course of the past four millennia in what is now Turkey. The diverse pagan peoples who first inhabited Anatolia and their visual traditions offer a starting point—that encompasses Hittite, Hurrian, Hellenistic and Roman art—for what emerges by the early medieval era as an extraordinary era of Orthodox Christianity and Byzantine art and architecture. This in turn yields to the Seljuk and Ottoman Muslim world with its own visual vocabulary. The Jewish tradition in terms of both religious ideas and architectural expression extends from the Roman period to the modern period. Within the era of the past century, modern and contemporary Turkish artists have produced work that synthesizes and interweaves aspects of particularly the Ottoman visual tradition with elements derived from the abstract and figurative traditions in modern art in the West. Turkey itself—and many of its artists—has wrestled with increasing intensity over its political and religious identity: how can it be both a Muslim country and a secular democracy?

THEO: Turkey and the Middle East: from the Hittites to Erdogan
(Professor Ori Soltes, 3 Credits)

This course will explore the long history of Turkey in its evolution and its interface with other peoples and countries in the region. Anatolia has been a vital factor in the geo-politics of the Middle East for thirty-five centuries. The goal of the course is both to gain a sense of how extraordinarily rich that history is and to come to some understanding of where it fits into the political events of the past decade –and what it may mean for the future.

HIST 260: Turkey from Empire to Republic
(Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti, 3 Credits)

This course explores the history of modern Turkey and its transition as a society and political unit from an imperial Ottoman to a Republican Turkish reality. Each class will begin with a discussion of contemporary issues in Turkey, and then continue with a discussion of the historical development of Turkish society from the 19th century until today. Although there will be discussions of culture, religion, and politics, the primary focus is historical – focusing on how Turkish society evolved in response to a number of domestic, regional, and international challenges in the past century and a half. 

HIST 263: Ottoman Legacies
(Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti, 3 Credits)

This seminar delves into the Ottoman Empire’s history and cultural legacies from its formation in the late 13th century until its final dissolution in 1923. The course will concentrate on the historical evolution of the Ottoman Empire’s political, religious, cultural, and institutional aspects during this period. Students will be asked to examine how Ottoman historians think about, analyze, and interpret the past; discuss the nature of our historical knowledge; and evaluate different theories that ground our view of that history.

CULP 240: Culture and Politics of the Middle East and Turkey
(Professor Sebnem Akcapar, 3 Credits)

This course focuses on the social dynamics of the Middle Eastern countries, with a special emphasis on Turkey. Students will be exposed to academic research covering the history, religion, sociology, and politics of this diverse geographical part of the world. Throughout the semester, students will have the opportunity to learn how Islam is interpreted in different contexts, how gender is understood in life cycles, and how the countries are re-shaped politically after the so-called Arab Spring. With excursions inside Turkey and hands on fieldwork students will have a better understanding of the society, institutions, and the region as a whole. 

INAF 463: International Migration and Turkey:  The EU Process and Beyond
(Professor Sebnem Akcapar, 3 Credits)

Turkey has recently transformed from a country of emigrants to one of immigrants. With the influx of Syrians fleeing from war, Turkey has also become the largest refugee-hosting country in Europe and is among the top-five asylum-receiving countries. This timely course will not only familiarize students about the different migratory trends in Turkish history but also the situation of mostly Middle Eastern asylum seekers and refugees. Throughout the semester, we will explore concepts such as migration and development, environmental refugees, ethics of immigration, security and migration, undocumented migrants, human smuggling and trafficking. Students will further learn about the European Union process in Turkey in detail and how it facilitates a better immigration policy at home while creating the burden of protecting EU borders.

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Fall 2016 Program Calendar:

The fall 2016 program calendar is still being finalized, view our sample calendar.

Program Fees

(click for Fall 2015 program fees as an example of program fees)


Application Deadlines for Fall 2016:
Georgetown students and non-GU priority deadline: December 3, 2015 – Click here to apply.
Non-GU students deadline: February 16, 2016 - Click here to apply

The McGhee Center is open to both Georgetown and non-Georgetown students and accepts applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds and majors, including European, Middle Eastern, and Eurasian Studies; International Affairs; Classical Studies; History; Geography; Art History; Cultural Studies; and more. To meet alumni of the McGhee Center, please like our Facebook page.

For more information, please contact Mia Pezzanite, Global Living and Learning Programs Advisor, (202) 687-5867, mep92@georgetown.edu.

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