Welcome to the website for Middle Eastern Studies {MESTU} at Penn State University

Middle Eastern Studies at Penn State provides a minor for students pursuing degrees in any major who are interested in courses having to do with the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Courses are taught by faculty with expertise in disciplines such as History, Political Science, Religion, Language, Literature, Art History, Communication Arts and Sciences, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and more. The minor offers a way to investigate a region of the world from multiple perspectives engaging a variety of methods of study.  

Why Minor in Middle Eastern Studies?


Penn State currently offers instruction in Arabic and Hebrew. Explore course listings and information on FLAS fellowships.

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Courses related to the Middle East are taught every semester. Explore upcoming courses

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Study Abroad

Students interested in studying in the Middle East will find a number of opportunities are available through Global Penn State Education Abroad, including summer programs and embedded courses. Find out more. 

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Shibley Award

The Shibley scholarship is to awarded each year, depending on qualified applicants, to an undergraduate student minoring in Middle Eastern studies who has achieved high academic standing.  Click here for the application. 

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On November 15th @ 6 pm in 5 HHD Building, Students Supporting Israel (SSI) will welcome Hen Mazzig to Penn State. A writer, international speaker, social media activist and advocate for his country, Hen has spoken at the UN and is a passionate human rights activist. Hen will share his experience as an openly gay lieutenant in the Israel Defense Force's COGAT unit, his identity as half-Iraqi and half-African Jew, and the story of the 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries including his own family.

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  • Assistant Professor in History and African Studies Christopher Tounsel is beginning his second year at Penn State. He earned his Ph.D in 2015 from...

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  • Middle Eastern studies minor Caroline Briselli was granted the annual Shibley Memorial Award in the spring of 2017. She was honored for her...

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