Middle East Studies
Middle East Studies (MES) is an interdisciplinary concentration that draws upon courses offered by a distinguished core faculty in the humanities and the social sciences. Regardless of one’s passions – whether history, religion, politics, culture, literature, modern media, philosophy or practices of everyday life – the Middle East is an ideal site for considering the diversity and complexity of the human experience. A growing number of exciting courses, creative and relevant programming, and a steady stream of post-docs and visiting professors offer unparalleled opportunities for MES concentrators who wish to understand this region and to engage with a broad range of issues that affect our world.
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand the Middle East from several disciplinary perspectives
- Acquire intermediate to advanced proficiency in Arabic or other Middle Eastern language
- Actively participate in a reading seminar on approaches to Middle East Studies
- Develop theoretical acumen in humanistic and social scientific research methods
- Design a unique concentration based around a geographic region or critical question relating to the Middle East
- Produce a significant piece of independent research
Click here for a list of requirements.
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
All concentrators are required to complete a capstone project, which may take the form of an undergraduate honors thesis or an independent study project. Students interested in graduating with Honors should review closely the requirements listed on the Honors website.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Expand your reading skills
- Collaborate fully
- Understand differences among cultures
- Embrace diversity
- Learn what it means to study the past
- Evaluate human behavior
- Work on your speaking and writing
- Comparative Literature
- History of Art and Architecture
- Judaic Studies
- Language Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Middle East Studies concentrators have gone on to become attorneys, management consultants, and diplomats.
Dept. Undergraduate Group
- Anna Murphy
- Nathan Vanelli