Program Overview

Expand your global awareness while satisfying your interest in the unique cultures of the Middle East, Northern Africa (MENA) and South Asia regions.

The new Middle East Studies program at Agnes Scott is designed to foster your appreciation of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) and South Asia regions through a holistic analysis of the unique history, complex politics, society and religion from the pre-modern to the modern period.

Since communication is key to understanding others, you’ll immerse yourself in a Middle Eastern language in order to better understand the people who call this region home.

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What You'll Learn

This course of study introduces you to the making of the modern Middle East and highlights how Islam, politics, literature and language all play an impactful role creating a unique culture and society. You’ll learn:

  • foundational knowledge of the history, politics, society, and culture of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) and South Asia from the pre-modern to the modern period
  • an analysis of MENA topics and concerns and how they fit into a broader global context
  • intermediate competency in a Middle Eastern language

Program Highlights

Experience North Africa In-Person

Students in the Middle Eastern Studies program are encouraged to participate in a college-approved program abroad or in the United States. Through the Global Journeys course, you can travel to Morocco in a faculty-led immersion to learn how the Mediterranean is a past and present space of cross-cultural encounter. The Office of Global Learning is always available to help you find an immersion opportunity that best fits your individual interests in the Middle East, Northern Africa and South Asia regions.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The Middle East Studies Program is a model of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, drawing its courses deeply and widely from the curriculum.

Campus Involvement

Middle East Studies students have the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of campus clubs and organizations, including Masala S.A.C.E (South Asian Cultural Exchange) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA).

Meet the Faculty

Reem Bailony

Reem Bailony

Assistant Professor of History

Roshan Iqbal

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Mona Tajali

Mona Tajali

Associate Professor of International Relations and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Working in Middle Eastern Studies

Build your global awareness and combine this minor with the right major for you to ensure post-graduate success.

This minor prepares you for a variety of career paths, including government, business and law, or, pursue graduate study in a range of humanistic and social science disciplines.

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Human Rights Activist
  • Foreign Correspondent/Journalist
  • International Business Manager

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