Master of Arts in the Field of Middle East Studies

The master of arts in the field of Middle East studies degree program combines a rigorous academic foundation with a strong professional orientation. Bridging the theory and practice of international affairs, the program prepares students for careers in government, the private sector, and international and nongovernmental organizations.

The curriculum includes a range of courses covering the history, politics, economics, international relations, and cultures of the societies and nations of the Middle East. In consultation with the program director, each student develops a program of study that, through a set of core courses, combines a broad overview of the region along with a more specialized field based on the student's specific academic and career interests. In addition, completion of the program requires demonstrated oral and reading proficiency in a language of the Middle East region.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including a 3-credit cornerstone course, 9 credits in core field courses, 3 credits in skills courses, a 4-credit capstone sequence, 12 credits in one professional specialization, and 9 credits in elective courses. In addition, students must fulfill a foreign language proficiency requirement (see below).

See note regarding special topics and skills courses, the capstone sequence, and LAW courses.*

Required
Cornerstone (3 credits)
IAFF 6361Middle East Studies Cornerstone
Core field courses (9 credits)
One course in each of the following disciplines for a total of three courses: ANTH/GEOG, HIST, and PSC.
ANTH 6707Issues in Middle East Anthropology
GEOG 6262Geographical Perspectives on the Middle East
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (History of the Modern Middle East)
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Middle East in the World)
PSC 6377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 6478International Relations of the Middle East
Professional skills courses (3 credits)
Three 1-credit professional skills courses in any combination from the following:
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II
Capstone sequence (4 credits)
Students are required to complete a two-semester capstone sequence that involves collaboration on a project of mutual interest and research related to the Middle East with a sponsoring institution outside the University. The capstone sequence includes a 1-credit pre-capstone course that must be taken in the fall of the student’s second or third year and a 3-credit capstone course that must be taken in the spring of the student’s second or third year. Both courses in the capstone sequence must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6377Middle East Studies Program Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6379Middle East Studies Capstone
Professional specialization options (12 credits)
12 credits in one of the professional specializations listed below. At least one 3-credit course must cover content on the Middle East.
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Required course:
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Supporting courses:
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Readings in Israel Palestine)
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (War and Memory in the Middle East)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World's Water)
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Stabilization and Peacebuilding)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Conflict Early Warning and Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Violence and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Countering Violent Extremism)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Religion and Politics in Post-Revolution Iran)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Militaries and Politics in the Middle East)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Lebanon and Syria)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Refugees and Displaced Peoples in the Middle East)
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (Political Violence)
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (Theories of Political Development)
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Nation Building)
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Authoritarianism and Democratization)
Global Health
Required course:
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
Supporting courses:
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology (The Social Life of Food)
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology (Food, Culture, and Globalization)
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
International Affairs and Development
Required
One of the following courses:
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
SOC 6230Sociological Research Methods
SOC 6232Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research
Supporting courses
Group A: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6302Issues in Development (Topics vary)
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Related topics)
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Group B: Environment
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Water Resources and Management)
PHIL 6281Environmental Philosophy and Policy
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
Group C: Humanitarian Assistance
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
GEOG 6232Migration and Development
Group D: International Development Management
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
Group E: International Education
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (International Education)
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (International Student Advising)
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (Business Development: International Exchange)
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Scholars and Practitioners in International Higher Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (UNESCO: 21st Century Agenda Topics)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Evaluation in International Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Education in Islamic Asia)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Comparative Perspectives on Language and International Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Gender in International Education and Development)
EDUC 6650Education and National Development
Group F: International Health
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
Group G: Political Economy
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 8351Development Economics I
ECON 8352Development Economics II
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6439International Political Economy
Group H: Women and Development
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
LAW 6570International Human Rights of Women
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WGSS 6230Global Feminisms
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Global Islamic Feminisms)
International Business
12 credits from the following:
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy (Special topics course)
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
MGT 6282New Venture Initiation
MGT 6297International Management Experience
International Economic Affairs
12 credits from the following:
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law) *
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of Middle East and North Africa) *
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Chinese Business Law)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America) **
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Social and Economic Development of Latin America) **
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6302Seminar: International Banking
PSC 6439International Political Economy
*These courses may be taken for this field without prior approval. Other ECON 6295 offerings with international content may be applied towards the field with the approval of the Program Director.
**Approval from the program director required.
International Law and Organizations
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force )
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Issues in Contemporary Diplomacy and National Security)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking )
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies )
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security )
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs )
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Space Law)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Geospatial Law and Policy)
LAW 6520International Law 1
LAW 6534Law of the European Union 1
LAW 6836Human Rights and Military Responses to Terrorism 1
PSC 6439International Political Economy
International Security Studies
12 credits from the following:
Courses are grouped into issues subcategories to help guide students in choosing appropriate coursework; students do not necessarily need to select one subcategory; however, what is important is that there is a logic and believable narrative to their course choices. Students should consult their major field faculty advisor to help with this determination.
Group A: Transnational Security Issues
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Non-State Actors)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Psychology of Strategic Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Non-Proliferation)
IAFF 6342Drug Trafficking in the Americas
LAW 6552Law of War
Group B: Intelligence
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Defense Trade in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Global Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence in the Middle East)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
Group C: U.S. National Security Policy and Process
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Priorities)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6521U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program
LAW 6870National Security Law
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
Group D: Political Psychology
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Psychology of Strategic Terrorism)
Group E: Conflict and Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Early Warning and Conflict Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction and Stabilization)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Security Challenges in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
Group F: Homeland Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Security, Privacy, and Technology)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence and Homeland Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Priorities)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology, and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
Group G: Strategic Concepts and Military History
HIST 6040Topics in Modern Military and Naval History
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics
Group H: Science, Technology, and National Security Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology, and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (New Proliferation Dynamics)
Group I: Security and Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Food, Globalization, and Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Early Warning and Conflict Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Corruption, Development, and Governance)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Ethnic Conflict)
Group J: Weapons of Mass Destruction
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
Group K: Regional Security
Four courses which focus on the security issues within a region; general policy courses are not applicable. Please consult with the program director/advisor to develop a regional security field.
Management
12 credits from the following:
EDUC 6381Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
PPPA 6032Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management
Technology Policy and International Affairs
Required course:
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
Supporting courses:
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change (prerequisite ECON 6217)
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science, Technology and Policy Analysis)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cyber Threats, Policy, and Strategy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
U.S. Foreign Policy
At least one of the following:
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
Supporting courses:
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of U.S. Trade Policy)
HIST 6032Reading and Research Seminar: Strategy and Policy
HIST 6310Readings in Nineteenth-Century American History
HIST 6320Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
or HIST 6321 Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Issues in Contemporary Diplomacy and National Security)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Leadership in International Affairs)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Afghanistan, Iraq, and ISIS: Does Intervention Work?)
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security )
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Methods of Defense Analysis )
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Stabilization and Peacebuilding )
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Illicit Finance and Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Countering Violent Extremism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism Today (Online))
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Power and Effectiveness)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security)
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6308International Relations of South Asia
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century )
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Security in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Ukraine and Georgia between Russia and the West)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (EU Foreign Relations)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (OAS and Democracy in the Americas)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (History and Praxis of U.S.-Mexico Relations)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Security in the Americas )
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil in the Global Arena)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Argentina in the Global Arena)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Immigration and Weak States: The Case of Central America)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East )
LAW 6870National Security Law
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6372Foreign Policy of China
PSC 6478International Relations of the Middle East
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Military Effectiveness)
 
Middle East electives (9 credits)
Three elective courses (9 credits) related to the Middle East, selected in consultation with the Program Director. Students may include up to 6 credits of content-based language study (i.e. not basic language acquisition) toward this requirement.
ANTH 6707Issues in Middle East Anthropology (Anthropology of State Governance in the Middle East)
ANTH 6707Issues in Middle East Anthropology (Middle Eastern Anthropology: Urban Infrastructure)
ECON 6295Special Topics
IAFF 6364Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Political Economy of the Middle East)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Lebanon and Syria)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Turkish Politics and Society)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Politics of North Africa)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Policy in the Gulf)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Arabic for International Affairs)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, Society)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Contemporary Political Thought in the Middle East)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Everyday Politics of Water in the Middle East)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Militaries and Politics in the Middle East)
GEOG 6262Geographical Perspectives on the Middle East
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Central Asia: Crossroads of Empire)
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Profit and Prophecy in Islamic History)
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Readings in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict)
HIST 6801Topics in Middle Eastern History (Citizenship and Difference in the Middle East)
REL 6401Islamic Historiographies
REL 6402Qur'an and Hadith
REL 6441Islamic Law
REL 6460Topics in the Study of Islam

*Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director. 

Additional information regarding skills courses and the capstone is available on the Elliott School website. 

Law School courses—Students may, with permission of their advisor, include courses in the Law School in their major field. Enrolling in a LAW course also requires permission of the Law School dean of students. Students should consult the Elliott School Office of Academic Advising and Student Services office before enrolling in LAW courses.

Foreign language proficiency requirement 

Students in the Middle East studies program are required to demonstrate the currently-required level of proficiency in one of the following languages by passing a reading and speaking proficiency examination administered by the Elliott School: Modern Standard Arabic (taught at GW); Persian; Hebrew (taught at GW); Kurdish; or Turkish. The Elliott School administers foreign language proficiency examinations once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. Students may take the examination at any point during their academic program. Students have three opportunities to pass the examination. Consult the Program Director for more information