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Middle Eastern Studies

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General Information

Syracuse University’s relationship with the Middle East extends back more than 60 years and spans many disciplines—from public administration and media studies to literature and religion. Today, SU provides an array of opportunities for students to learn about and visit this extraordinary region. More than 20 faculty members are experts in the Middle East, while the University offers over 80 such graduate and undergraduate courses. 

Located in the Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP) offers both an interdisciplinary minor and a B.A. through The College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies through the Maxwell School. All three programs are steeped in world-class instruction and study-abroad opportunities, providing unique insights into one of today’s fastest growing regions.

Visit the Middle Eastern Studies Program site at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs for course information, events, awards, news, updates, and more .

Major Requirements

This interdisciplinary major, which leads to a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, provides students with the opportunity to study the languages, history, culture, religions and politics of the Middle East. The major requires students to complete (a) three core courses, (b) three consecutive semesters in one of the regional languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish), (c) two lower division courses and (d) three upper division courses. See the Course Catalog for the B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies requirements

Minor Requirements

The minor in Middle Eastern Studies was established in 2003 to expose students to the diverse cultures, languages, literatures, religions, and political systems of the Middle East as it takes center stage in the international geopolitical landscape. See the Course Catalog for the minor in Middle Eastern Studies requirements.