Developments in the Middle East over the course of the past decade have broadly and profoundly affected the world in which we live, revealing stark gaps in our understanding of the region’s economies, governments, religions, histories and languages, on both an individual and collective basis. Wesleyan’s minor in Middle Eastern studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates government, history, religion, art history, and either Arabic or Hebrew.

What You'll Study

  • The minor in Middle Eastern studies requires eight courses, of which at least one course must be on Jewish and Israel studies and one must be on the Muslim Middle East.
  • To obtain the minor, you'll be required to take a gateway course, a course on historical texts and traditions, a course on contemporary society and politics, and three electives. Additionally, the eight required courses include one full year at the intermediate level of Hebrew or Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Students may apply for admission to the minor at any point in their undergraduate career at Wesleyan.