The Middle East is a geopolitical anchor to our understanding of current world affairs. Natural disasters, internal strife, energy and resource issues in the Middle East are best understood by knowing the region’s history and its future. Middle East Studies offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on this critical world region from North Africa to Central Asia. The Middle East plays a vital role in global political, social, cultural, and economic development. 

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We offer a certificate in Middle East Studies

Students with a strong background in this region will gain a competitive advantage across a wide range of professional opportunities. Country and language areas of focus range from Iran, Turkey, and Israel to Arab nations. Portland State offers study abroad programs in several Middle East countries. Scholarship opportunities include Critical Language Scholarships as well as Boren and Fulbright opportunities. 

For advising questions, please contact your CUPA professional advisor or the program faculty advisor, Prof. Kim Brown.