Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies (MES) is an interdisciplinary concentration that draws upon courses offered in the departments of Anthropology, Classics, Comparative Literature, Egyptology, History, History of Art and Architecture, Judaic Studies, Old World Archaeology, Religious Studies and Political Science. The Middle East is cradle of the three major monotheistic religions of the world and, for centuries it has been one of the most ethnically and religiously mixed regions of the world. The Middle East is an ideal site for considering the diversity and complexity of human interactions, along with the continuities and disruptions that such interactions involve in the long course of history. MES concentrators are thus uniquely poised to make significant contributions to an understanding of a broad range of contemporary problems that affect our world.

Standard Program for the AB Degree

Middle East Studies Seminar (Course still under development)1
Foundational Courses, to be elected from the courses below:2
History of the Modern Middle East, 1800-1918
History of the Modern Middle East since 1918
Civilization, Empire, Nation: Competing Histories of the Middle East
Islam Unveiled
Middle East Politics
Language Semesters: Basic competence in at least one of the modern Middle Eastern languages is required. This entails taking at least four semesters of coursework in one of the modern Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, etc. 14
Electives: Four courses chosen from the list of courses that are cross-listed by Middle East Studies and approved by the Concentration advisor. Students should aquire a good balance of courses bu takng courses in the humatities and social sciences. Students should also seek a good balance between courses whose primary subject matter is pre-modern (ancient and medieval) and modern and contemporary Middle East. 4
Capstone/Honors Project: This can take many forms, such as:1
a. A paper of no less than 30 pages for an existing concentration-eligible class, undertaken with the permission of the instructor
b. An independent study or project (artistic, research, or otherwise) supervised by at least one faculty member for at least one semester under MES 1970- Independent Study designation 2
c. An Honors Thesis
Total Credits12
1

 Honors students will be required to have at least six semesters of language study (Advanced), two semesters of which may be counted toward the elective requirement.

2

 Two semesters of Independent Study (MES 1970) are required for honors and will raise the number of required courses to 13.

Honors

To be eligible for honors, students will have earned an "A"  in the majority of courses for the concentration.  Honors students will be required to have at least six semesters of language study (Advanced), two semesters of which may be counted toward the elective requirement.  Two semesters of Independent Study (MES 1970) towards the Honors Thesis with the thesis advisor(s) are required.  This is typically done during senior year and will raise the total number of required courses to 13.