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.
Middle East Studies
The concentration in Middle East Studies (MES) seeks to build a strong, interdisciplinary understanding of historical and contemporary issues within the Middle East, broadly defined.
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: Kelley Tackett, Jack Johnson, and Anchita Dasgupta
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Middle East Studies concentrators have gone on to become attorneys, management consultants, fundraisers and grant-writers, entrepreneurs, and diplomats.
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