Modern Middle Eastern Studies, BA

The interdisciplinary Modern Middle Eastern Studies degree is designed to allow students to specialize in the Middle East as a region of the world and human experience by combining course work using both social scientific and humanistic approaches, underpinned by relevant language skills. Students will work with faculty committed to supporting interdisciplinary, applied, research-oriented advanced study. The major gives students opportunities to work on problems of politics, policy, history, ideology, social thought, economic development, and international relations.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Disciplinary Distribution
Select 3 course units of Disciplinary Distribution3
Language Requirement
Select 4 course units of Middle East Language options: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or Other, with at least 2 course units at Intermediate or above4
Regional Coverage
Select 3 course units of Foundational courses with one course centered on a culture different from the language selected above3
Seminar/Research Requirement
Select 2 course units of Seminars in consultation with your major advisor2
Total Course Units32

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Candidates must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.7 in the major.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.