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Requirements are intentionally flexible to accommodate the focused interests of students in understanding the diverse dynamics, histories, and societies of this region. A variety of courses from departments across the University, addressing subjects from antiquity to the present day, expose students to methods and materials of different disciplines and help them build a framework for understanding the Middle East in historical and contemporary context. Concentration requirements are structured around four major cornerstones: language, foundational knowledge and methods, multidisciplinary area studies, and research.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop competency in at least one modern Middle Eastern language (such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Turkish)
  • Understand basic dynamics of the region in the modern and pre-modern periods
  • Become familiar with approaches to studying the Middle East and some major problems and questions that have characterized academic inquiry into the region
  • Become acquainted with different disciplinary approaches to studying the Middle East, as well as multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary models for its study
  • Produce a work of original research focused on the Middle East that draws on their experience in the concentration in terms of knowledge, skills, and approaches

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Jack Johnson, Kelley Tackett

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 18  18 
2015 11  11 
2016 10  10 
2018 12  12 
2019 7 7 2


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Alexander Winder