Middle East Studies


This concentration prepares students to understand the role of the Middle East in international affairs and to apply such understanding in a professional setting.  More specifically, students will learn to identify and analyze the most consequential political, social, and economic currents in the contemporary Middle East; to assess these trends' global ramifications; and to evaluate the Middle East's evolving international relations, including strategic dynamics among regional actors and interactions between the region and extra-regional powers like the United States.


The Middle East has become uniquely important in international affairs—as a high-priority strategic focus for the United States and other great powers, as an arena in which some of the world's most pressing security challenges play out, and as a critical node of economic and financial globalization.  As a result, sophisticated understanding of the region is essential to understanding and dealing effectively with a wide range of international security and economic challenges. 


Students wishing to receive attestation certifying the depth of their specialization in this particular area will be required to successfully complete at least four of the courses listed below.  

Please note that this list will be reviewed from time to time depending on the available course offerings at any given time.  Students should check the availability of these courses with the SIA academic advisor and the individual course instructors.  Students should also determine if there are prerequisites for enrolling in a particular course. 


  1. Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Security — INTAF 597* (3 credits) 
  2. Grand Strategies of Established and Rising Powers — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  3. Diplomacy and Statecraft in a Changing World — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  4. Dealing with Dictators — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  5. Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy — INTAF 810 (3 credits) 
  6. U.S. Policy in the Middle East — INTAF 814 (3 credits)
  7. Dynamics of International Economic Order:  Law, Politics, and Power — INTAF 815 (3 credits)
  8. War and Peace — INTAF 816 (3 credits)
  9. US National Security — INTAF 818 (3 credits)
  10. Psychology of Terrorism — PL SC 571 (3 credits)
  11. Terrorism — IPL SC 567 (3 credits)
  12. The Politics of Terrorism — PL SC 439 (3 credits)
  13. International Relations of the Middle East — PL SC 467 (3 credits)
  14. Civil Conflict — PL SC 556 (3 credits)
  15. Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places — SOC 457 (3 credits)
  16. Classical Islamic Civilization: 600 – 1258 — HIST 471Y (3 credits)
  17. Antisemitisms — J ST 409Y (3 credits)
  18. Jews in the Medieval World — J ST 410 (3 credits)
  19. Jewish Studies — J ST 411 (3 credits)
  20. American Judaism — J ST 412 (3 credits)
  21. Zionism — J ST 416/HIST 416 (3 credits)
  22. Archaeology of the Near East — J ST 420 (3 credits)
  23. The Ottoman Empire and Other Muslim States — J ST 472 (3 credits)
  24. The Contemporary Middle East — J ST 473 (3 credits)

* Frequency and availability of Special Topics coures will vary each semester.