Near and Middle Eastern Studies Major

Near and Middle Eastern Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, and the Arabian Peninsula, related borderlands, and island groups, and including emigrant and immigrant groups.

Near and Middle Eastern Studies majors and degree programs generally include courses in historical and modern politics, culture, economics, and society, and linguistics. Your job prospects will be stronger if you double major in an entirely different field, such as business, international relations, political science, economics, STEM, or education. A double major will give you a vast range of skills you can apply to a variety of careers and fields, from business to PR to teaching.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Near and Middle Eastern Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Area (Ethnic/Gender/Group) Studies?  Learn more on the Careers/Jobs/Internships in Area Studies Page.

What can you do with a major/degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies?

There are many opportunities in various sectors of the workforce for people who are well-versed in Near and Middle Eastern culture studies.  A degree in this field offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in public service, academia, international relations, translation, counseling, and travel.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Near and Middle Eastern Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Near and Middle Eastern Studies: