Signature Experience for Middle East Studies Major
With a major in Middle East Studies, students are required to earn 3 academic credits by completing a signature experience. Students can fulfill this requirement through studying abroad, interning in a related field, earning credit for a research project, completing a community-engaged learning (CEL) course, or by taking MIDE 4107: Model Arab League, a course offered each spring semester. Read more about Model Arab League.
For any questions about opportunities or to talk through the process of deciding on
a signature experience, make an appointment with an academic advisor.
Learning Abroad offers a variety of programs for fall, spring, and summer programs. Academic credit and funding are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters, with programs available in Jordan, Israel, UAE, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. Middle East Studies also offers scholarships for students studying abroad in the summer. Be sure to apply!
The Hinckley Institute offers internships locally, nationally, and globally, and funding is available for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Locally, students might intern with the World Trade Center of Utah or with a non-profit such as the International Rescuee Committee or Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. In Washington, D.C., students have opportunities to intern with AMIDEast, the Middle East Institute, Middle East Policy Council, and more. Across the globe, the Hinckley Institute sends students to various nonprofits, businesses, governments, think tanks, and NGOs.
Conducting research is an excellent way to work closely with a faculty mentor, enhance your understanding of a topic, and clarify your academic and career goals. And there are numerous opportunities available.
Community Engaged Learning
Whether you have a few minutes in between classes, an occasional hour on a Saturday morning, or time to engage every week, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved. Community Engaged Learning (CEL) courses can be a great way of using your language skills in the Salt Lake community. For example, CLCS 3940: Community-Engaged Learning is offered each fall and spring semester.