Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major

Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major

Foreign Area Studies: Middle East

Major

Learn about the language, history, and culture of the Middle East through an interdisciplinary approach.

Offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

Cadets who major in Middle East foreign area studies pursue an interdisciplinary approach to understanding global and regional issues related to the Middle East. Language electives focus on Persian or Arabic. Complementary support courses in the humanities and social sciences enrich major’s regional capabilities.

The major offers an honors curriculum. 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages.

Required Courses

  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 
  • EV376 GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST 
  • HI339 THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST  
  • SS366 COMPARATIVE POLITICS  
  • SS383 POLITICS & GOVT-MIDDLE EAST

Sample Electives

  • LA371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE ARABIC 
  • LA372 ARABIC FOR ORAL & WRITTEN COMM
  • LN440Z PERSIAN IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • LN451 ADV LANG & CULTURE IN CONTEXT
  • DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY  
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE  
  • EV482 MILITARY GEOGRAPHY  
  • HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY  
  • HI358 STRATEGY, POLICY & GENERALSHIP 
  • HI391 WORLD RELIGIONS  
  • LW410 COMPARATIVE LEGAL SYSTEMS 
  • LW473 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 
  • LW481 INTERNATIONAL LAW 
  • SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 
  • SS465 TERRORISM: NEW CHALLENGES 
  • SS475 COMP POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 
  • SS484 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS 
  • SS486 STATE BUILDING 
  • SS487 INT'L POLITICAL ECONOMY

To learn more, view the full Foreign Area Studies - Middle East Major Curriculum.

Cadets can join the Model Arab League and compete against other universities or explore Arab language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Arabic Forum. Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad or experience a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience, in places such as Jordan, Oman, or Morocco. 

Honor Societies:
Phi Sigma Iota - International Foreign Language Honor Society
Golden Key - International Honour Society
Phi Kappa Phi - Oldest and Largest Collegiate Honor Society

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages or the Center for Languages, Cultures, and Regional Studies.