Coordinator: M. Brett Wilson (Religious Studies)
Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization Steering Committee: Khaldoun Samman (Sociology), Andrew Latham (Political Science), Paula Cooey (Religious Studies), David Chioni Moore (International Studies), Beth Severy-Hoven (Classics), J. Andrew Overman (Classics), Mahnaz Kousha (Sociology), Joëlle Vitiello (French and Francophone Studies), Khaldoun Samman (Sociology)
This concentration provides students with an opportunity to study the Middle East and the broader Islamic world from an interdisciplinary perspective. The concentration seeks to cultivate a basic familiarity with the cultures, politics, religions, philosophies, literatures, economies, and/or geographies of the Middle East and other Islamicate regions. In addition, the program aims to acquaint students with the theoretical and/or methodological approaches used in related fields of study.
Given that students and faculty come from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, the concentration permits students to complete this concentration in conjunction with a wide array of majors/minors. The program promotes breadth by requiring that students complete courses (in several departments); it promotes depth by requiring a research paper, internship, civic engagement project or artistic work focused on a relevant topic.