The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan is a major center for the production and dissemination of knowledge concerning the languages, cultures, and history of one of the most contested regions of today’s world. Our undergraduate majors have the opportunity to study with premier teachers and scholars to hone their linguistic, analytical, research, and writing skills through a concentration in Middle East Studies. Graduate students pursue research in areas as diverse as methods for teaching Arabic as a second language, mortuary practice in early Egypt, Mesopotamian love magic, Sufi spirituality, and Israeli cinema. Study-abroad programs, language circles, lectures by visiting scholars, and conferences organized by departmental colleagues offer a variety of ways to engage in an interdisciplinary educational program rivaled by few others.
When they leave the University, our students are well prepared for successful careers in business, law, diplomacy, and medicine, as well as in teaching and scholarship. To learn more about students' experiences in the Department of Middle East Studies, and where their degrees are taking them, we invite you to visit the MES Alumni profiles page.