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Middle Eastern Studies

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Inside Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern studies examines the culture, politics, language and history of countries in eastern North Africa and Southwest Asia. Like other area studies disciplines, it is an interdisciplinary field. Some U.S. colleges and universities that have Middle Eastern studies programs also have research and cultural centers dedicated to understanding the people and geography of the Middle East. Through these centers, students can study the Middle East in depth and attend workshops, lectures and cultural events.

Education Information

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in Middle Eastern studies. In these programs, students study the cultures and history of the Middle East region, including the Arab world, Israel and Turkey. Students who enroll in a Middle Eastern studies program take courses in Middle Eastern history (both ancient and modern), politics, literature, arts, sociology, religion and language. Most programs require students to complete at least two years of a related language, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish.

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