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Through this concentrated major, successful undergraduates will develop an awareness of global affairs related to the Middle East and North Africa since the early 20th century and in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. This is accomplished through diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of interstate relations: conflict, cooperation, hierarchies; civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; and state-society relations: democracy, authoritarianism, inequalities, citizenship.

Mission Statement

The Middle East Studies program at Northeastern provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East and North Africa (the Arab world, Israel, Iran and Turkey). Undergraduate students can choose from a diverse set of courses related to the Middle East from many departments and programs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Courses included from the majors of International Affairs, Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy and Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, and World Languages.

By taking courses on the history, cultures, religions, economics, and politics of the Middle East, students can develop a broad understanding of the forces shaping the region in the past and present. Through the study of Arabic or Hebrew, students can also develop a proficiency in one of the region’s languages; and they can experience the Middle East firsthand by participating in faculty-led “Dialogue of Civilizations” programs in Jordan, Israel, and Morocco.

Undergraduate International Affairs Major with a Middle East Studies Concentration (BA)

The B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Middle East studies begins with a core set of 7 courses. This multidisciplinary set of courses includes coursework from international affairs, political science, anthropology, economics, and history.

International Affairs Majors must also complete an “International Semester” to gain international experience through either a traditional study abroad semester, two Dialogue of Civilizations summer programs, or an international co-op. At least one of these international experiences must be in a Middle Eastern country.

Students must also complete a foreign language requirement beyond the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. Students will be required to demonstrate language proficiency through intermediate level II (four semesters of foreign language) in either Arabic or Hebrew.

Students are also required to select 4 Middle East regional analysis elective courses, two of which must be 2000 level or above.

To provide students with a comparative perspective of global issues, students are required to complement their regional specializations by taking global dynamics courses, one of which must be POLS 1160: International Relations.

The minor consists of five courses. Students are required to complete the following three core courses:

  1. INTL 1150: Mediterranean Studies
  2. INTL 1160: Middle East Studies OR HIST 1290: Modern Middle East
  3. POLS 3435: Government and Politics in the Middle East OR POLS 3470: Arab-Israeli Conflict OR INTL 3250: Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean

Students must also complete two electives, such as America and the Middle East, Model Arab League, or Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean if it was not selected as a core course. Students may also fulfill the elective requirement through courses from a Middle East or Mediterranean Dialogue, such as the Morocco-Paris Dialogue. Elective courses may not double count as core courses.

In the Middle East, we have programs in Morocco, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

  • Jordan & Egypt: Arabic Language and Middle East Politics
  • Entrepreneurship and Global Consulting in Israel
  • Please click here for more information on the Dialogue of Civilizations
  • Summer 2019 Jordan Dialogue  click here for the student blog post

Study Abroad Opportunities include:

  • Lebanon: American University of Beirut
  • Jordan: Amideast at Amman
  • Morocco: Amideast of Ifrane and Amideast of Rabat
  • Israel: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Egypt: The American University in Cairo
  • Israel: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For Study Abroad opportunities, go to the GEO page found here.

Please click here to view the Course Catalog with all program requirements.