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Middle Eastern Studies

Pictured: Tehran, Iran
Pictured: Excavations in Tel Akko, Israel
Pictured: Al-Khazneh Temple, Petra, Jordan
Pictured: Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
Pictured: Excavations in Tel Akko, Israel
Learn more about the Education Abroad opportunities offered by Middle Eastern Studies, including the Archaeological Field School in Tel Akko, Israel (pictured above).
Pictured: Islamabad, Pakistan
Pictured: Students excavating Phoenician juglets in Tel Akko, Israel
Pictured: Mar Saba Eastern Orthodox Monastery, Palestine
Pictured: Nanga Parbat Base Camp, Pakistan

Why Minor In  Middle Eastern Studies?

Why Minor In  Middle Eastern Studies?

Courses related to the Middle East are taught every semester. Explore upcoming courses or learn what you need to take for your major or minor!

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

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

Welcome to Middle Eastern Studies at Penn State University!

Middle Eastern Studies at Penn State provides a major and 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. Our program 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?

Courses related to the Middle East are taught every semester. Explore upcoming courses or learn what you need to take for your major or minor!

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

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

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Testimonials

Every course I took in the MES department, from Modern Iran to Middle East in Film, left me asking more questions about my understanding of politics, economics, and my own biases. I felt challenged and supported as I wrote papers about my passions in the field and topics I knew little about. The faculty supported me even as I took courses at other universities, including during my Turkish language study program in Azerbaijan (2019) and Turkey (2022) with the Critical Language Scholarship. I will always be grateful for the MES program at Penn State and how the courses shaped my academic career.
Every course I took in the MES department, from Modern Iran to Middle East in Film, left me asking more questions about my understanding of politics, economics, and my own biases. I felt challenged and supported as I wrote papers about my passions in the field and topics I knew little about. The faculty supported me even as I took courses at other universities, including during my Turkish language study program in Azerbaijan (2019) and Turkey (2022) with the Critical Language Scholarship. I will always be grateful for the MES program at Penn State and how the courses shaped my academic career.

Featured Faculty Publication

Take a look at some of the latest publications by our world-class Faculty.

Alex Lubin American Studies in the Middle East
Alex Lubin

American Studies Encounters the Middle East (ed)