The Middle Eastern Studies concentration offers students a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East both past and present. Through a combination of course work and extracurricular activities (including lectures, art exhibitions and field trips) the concentration is designed to provide both depth and breadth of knowledge about one of the world's most geographically, culturally, and linguistically diverse regions.
Students in the concentration study the Middle East on its own terms. They enroll in courses across the disciplines in order to develop a unique and in-depth perspective on contemporary issues and challenges related to the region. By studying both the past and the present, students learn to read and think beyond reductive news sound bites and analysis, which obfuscates an understanding of the region, its peoples, cultures, and politics.