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.

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

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

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. 

 

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.