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Middle East Studies Major

The Department of Middle East Studies (MES) teaches the diverse histories, religions, languages and literatures that originated in a vast region of the world extending from the Nile to the Oxus Rivers, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean. Faculty provide students majoring in Middle East Studies with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to societies, beginning with the emergence of cities and writing in Sumer and Ancient Egypt, to the rise of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and onwards to the Modern Middle East, extending to its transnational and diasporic communities. The course offerings in the major are designed to provide an understanding of the dynamics that have shaped the literary, linguistic, visual, social and political histories of Middle Eastern societies past and present.

Programs are customizable to complement another declared major or aid in specific professional pursuits. Students interested in declaring a Middle East Studies major should plan to meet with an advisor before doing so to create a comprehensive and cohesive plan of study.