With a minor in Middle Eastern studies, you’ll acquire important language skills and broad knowledge of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Being able to communicate in Arabic or Hebrew and being conversant in the cultures of the region are significant assets in many career fields.

The minor allows extensive flexibility, and the program offers courses addressing topics that include history, economics, politics, gender, art, architecture, religion, and urban life. You’ll take HISTORY 130 (Middle East History I) and HISTORY 131 (The Middle East, 1500–Present) and one year of a language of the region, usually Arabic or Hebrew. You will also take 12 credits of Middle Eastern studies courses at or above the 200 level, including courses offered at the other schools in the Five Colleges.