2016-2017 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Majors > Middle Eastern Studies Major, B.A.
Director: Donald Wright
The Middle Eastern Studies major is a multidisciplinary program that is unique in nature for a liberal arts college. It focuses on history, cultural, language and political thought. Students interested in democracy and culture, human rights, international affairs, literature and languages, and wish to explore from different perspectives the diverse region of the Middle East, should consider this academic program. The primary focus of the program is to prepare students, through their contacts with faculty members from various disciplines, to lead the world of tomorrow through the political and cultural tensions of today. Students who choose to study the Middle East will graduate with a well-rounded and excellent knowledge of all aspects of the region. The study of Arabic is essential to the field; students will finish with a good knowledge of the language to be able to pursue further study at The American University in Cairo.
Given the proximity to the Washington, D.C., area, many students have internships at various associations, centers and organizations dedicated to the region. Students who are interested in issues involving the Middle East may consider working in outreach programs in Maryland or Washington, D.C. The Middle Eastern studies program sponsors many events and invites writers, activists, policy makers and film critics to enhance the knowledge and experience of the students in the program. A number of grants are available for students who intend to undertake research projects in the Middle East. Students have the opportunity to study one year or one semester at The American University in Cairo, the foremost institution in the Middle East for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. Students will be prepared to work at international, governmental and private organizations dealing with the region or to continue graduate studies in the field.
(Some may be fulfilled during a semester or a year of study abroad.)
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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