Why Major In Modern Middle East Studies?
The Middle East is growing in importance on the global stage, and as such is a valuable field of study for any number of future opportunities for Yale graduates. Students may begin with a general interest in the rich culture and history of the region and later pursue careers in government, international relations, journalism and peacemaking.
The major is strengthened by
- Yale faculty who focus on the modern Middle East, in Yale College, as well as Yale’s professional schools (e.g. Architecture, Public Health and Law).
- Language training in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew through the advanced level.
- Vibrant extracurricular programming, including lectures, films, conferences, and cultural events.
- Growing initiatives in Iranian Studies, Turkish Studies, Health, and Conflict Studies.
The major offers students the possibility to focus on the culture, history, religion, politics, and society of the Modern Middle East in its full geographical breadth using any one (or more) of its four major languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. It consists of twelve term courses:
2 intro survey courses on the Middle East, focusing on the modern period
2 courses on Middle Eastern regions or countries; 2 courses from two different departments or programs; 2 courses with focus on pre-1750; and 2 adv seminars
1 course at L5 level or above in a Middle East language
With DUS approval, up to 2 language courses below L5 in Modern Middle East language may count toward distrib requirement
Students are encouraged, but not required, to engage in serious study-abroad programs, including research and internship experiences in the region. Information on programs, as well as funding opportunities, is available through the director of undergraduate studies and CMES.
Questions? Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies: Jonathan Wyrtzen, Phone: 203 432 5172.