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Middle Eastern Studies
Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program that
encourages breadth in coursework and significant immersion in one or more
Middle Eastern cultures. The program gives students an opportunity to study
the history and culture of the Middle East, as well as areas of the world
whose territories were part of Middle Eastern empires or were under the
influence of Middle Eastern civilizations in pre-modern and modern times.
MES Majors should:
- attain an advanced level of language proficiency in either Hebrew or Arabic.
- acquire an understanding of the region from anthropological, historical,
and political perspectives.
- investigate one Middle Eastern culture in depth through the study of
literature, religion, music, and art history.
- be able to understand the Middle East in a comparative perspective and a
- synthesize information in an area where they have developed some background
in previous courses, through a seminar, thesis, or advanced independent
- demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills on the Middle East.
- draw and assess data from textual sources, including literary works,
historical texts, films, journalism, and non-traditional media.
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