Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate programs

As of Fall 2020, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies is offering a new Middle Eastern Studies major, which is a consolidation of the old Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, and Islamic Studies majors. The new MES major combines the study of a Middle Eastern language with a survey of courses in the social sciences, history, and the arts & humanities. Students within the new MES major will choose one of 8 tracks to pursue: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, the Ancient Near East, History, Islamic Studies, or Literature.

The old Middle Eastern Studies major, as well as the Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures and Islamic Studies majors, are only available to students eligible for the 2018-2020 and earlier catalogs. You can learn about each major by following the links below, and you can click here to download the MES undergraduate brochure to learn about our majors, minors, and special programs offered through the Department and Center.

If you have questions about the majors, minors, or your catalog eligibility, please email the Undergraduate Coordinator.


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