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Why Middle East Studies

Why Study the Middle East?

The Middle East Studies degree is designed to provide students with language and cultural competence in the region of the Middle East that can become the foundation for careers in public affairs, public service, business, and many other fields. Students are strongly encouraged to combine the Middle East Studies Major with a major in another discipline so that upon graduation they have acquired a foundation of career-oriented skills as well as a high degree of global competency.

These degrees are designed to prepare our students to become global citizens, versed in the languages and cultures of the region, with the intellectual flexibility to combine area studies and professional competence, and cognizant of the complex linkages that define the profound relevance of the Middle East for the United States today.

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Benefits of this Major

  • Flexible coursework across many academic departments
  • Well suited for students interested in double majoring 
  • Preparation for the increasingly global world
  • Incorporates language study in the major

Skills You Will Develop

  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Effective research and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to analyze ideas and theories
  • Appreciation for cultural differences
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Language competency
  • Critical thinking

Possible Career Paths

  • International Business & Education
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Travel & Tourism Industry
  • Translation & Interpreting
  • International Security
  • Public Administration
  • Government/Politics
  • Market Research
  • Non-profits
  • Consulting
  • Media 
Last Updated: 11/3/21