WELCOME TO THE MIDDLE EAST STUDIES CENTER AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is an area studies center housed within the Office of International Affairs. Established in 1959, we promote the scholarly and cultural understanding of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia via outreach and campus events.
MESC is an integral part of Middle East Studies at PSU. We organize lectures and public events to bring faculty and students from numerous departments and disciplines together with the community to focus on the cultural, economic, political, and societal aspects of this region.
We engage PSU departments, centers, and academic units, as well as community organizations, businesses, and local government in collaborative activities that reflect the diversity of this region. We offer a wide range of tools, resources, and programs to support prospective and current students, public educators, and the general public.
The mission of the Middle East Studies Center is to serve our students, city, and world through the creation of a diverse, inclusive community and the promotion and sharing of scholarship on the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia.
A wide variety of interests can be satisfied in the courses taught by faculty members across 15 departments at PSU, focused on topics related to the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
MESC offers students three scholarships ranging from $600 - $1,000 offered annually to students regionally focused on the Middle East through area studies and/or language.
PSU's Department of International and Global Studies offers undergraduates the opportunity to focus on the Middle East as a region through language, culture, politics, and the arts.
The World Languages and Literatures Departments offers a Major in Arabic and Minors in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian!
Get a sneak peak at this fall's line-up of courses related to the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia from 13 different departments!
MESC is celebrating 60 years! See some photos from our early history and get to know who we are today!