Syracuse University

Middle Eastern Studies Program

The Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP) was established in 2003 and has grown rapidly since then. In 2008, the University introduced a bachelor of arts degree in Middle Eastern studies, as well as a graduate certifcate of advanced studies in Middle Eastern affairs. With these additions, SU students have even more opportunities to deepen their knowledge and experience of the region.

The MESP brings together dozens of faculty members from many departments at SU, including anthropology, architecture, communications and rhetorical studies, education, fine arts, history, international relations, languages, literature and linguistics, law, political science and religion.  The reserach and teaching interest of the affiiated faculty include the analysis of ancient source texts, the literature, culture and religions of the Middle East, conflict resolution and contemporary politics.

The minor in Middle Eastern Studies is open to any SU student and may be especially useful to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism, international relations, law, government or foreign service.