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Middle Eastern Studies B.A.

Study the languages, history, culture, religions and politics of the Middle East in collaboration with faculty and fellow students who share a global approach to their education.
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Students can learn about Middle Eastern culture, languages and issues through study abroad opportunities offered by Syracuse University and its World Partner program, AMIDEAST.

About this Program

  • Explore the Middle East from various perspectives, including history, politics and culture.
  • Enhance your communication skills and cultural understanding by learning Middle Eastern languages like Arabic, Persian, Hebrew and Turkish.
  • Experience Middle Eastern culture firsthand by studying abroad in Amman, Jordan, or Rabat, Morocco, via our AMIDEAST World Partner program.
  • Receive mentorship and guidance from more than 20 world-class faculty members with expertise in the Middle East.
  • Foster your critical thinking and problem-solving skills by engaging in program-funded research.

Program Information

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Career Path

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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Throughout your time in the Middle Eastern Studies program, you will take courses focusing on the history, politics, society, culture and languages of the Middle Eastern region.

  • Describe modern history and political development of the Middle Eastern region.
  • Acquire and demonstrate basic knowledge of one of the four languages widely used in the region—Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish.
  • Recognize key peoples, geography, social, intellectual and religious facets of the Middle Eastern region.
  • Use cultural knowledge to analyze cultural differences.
  • Use a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches from the humanities, social sciences and related professions in the study of the Middle Eastern region.

  • Travel Narratives and Pilgrimages
  • Popular Culture in the Middle East
  • The Human and Divine in Christian and Muslim Philosophy
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Feminisms, Sexualities and Human Rights in Middle Eastern Societies

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad opportunity

Study Abroad in the Middle East

Middle Eastern studies majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University’s World Partner program AMIDEAST (Amman, Jordan, and Rabat, Morocco). For a shorter-term option, summer programs of interest include Religion, Law and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective (Strasbourg, France), and Revolutions, War and the Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East (Dubai, United Arab Emirates).

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