Modern Middle East Studies

The Modern Middle East Studies major focuses on the culture, history, religion, politics, and society of the modern Middle East in its full geographical breadth, using any of its four major languages, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Students design individual programs of study in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies (DUS), drawing on courses both from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and from a variety of humanities and social science fields, including anthropology, history, history of art, political science, religious studies, and sociology. Participation in approved study abroad programs in the region is strongly encouraged. The major gives students the language skills necessary to understand complex issues of the Middle East, and serves as excellent preparation for graduate study or for business and professional careers in which an understanding of that region is essential.

There are no prerequisites in Modern Middle East Studies, but interested students should keep in mind that majors are required to complete a year of language training at the third- or fourth-year level. Prospective majors are encouraged to begin study of a Middle Eastern language in the freshman year.