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Prospective Graduate Diploma Students

Graduate Diploma

The diploma program in Middle East Studies is designed to fill the need for familiarity with modern Middle Eastern culture and society, particularly for students who have not been exposed to an intensive study of the Middle East at the undergraduate level.

To obtain the diploma each candidate must demonstrate, in addition to the normal university requirements in English, proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic up to the completion of ALNG 1101-1102-1103.

Students are expected to finish the program in two semesters, though they may take up to four semesters to complete their requirements.

Core Courses (Choose three courses)

ARIC 5133 Islamic Institutions
ARIC 5232 Seminar on the 20th Century Middle East OR HIST 5223
ECON 5252
Economic Development in Middle East Countries
MEST 5201 A Critical Introduction to Middle East Studies
POLS 5235 Middle East Politics
SOC/ANTH 5290 Middle Eastern Societies and Cultures

Elective Courses Offered in Spring 2019 (Choose two courses)

ARIC 5102 Cairo in the Cultural Imaginary
ARIC 5135-01 Selected Topic in Middle Eastern History, 600-1800 AD: Oral Culture and
Book Culture in the Middle East 1300-1800
ARIC 5135-02
Selected Top in Middle Eastern History: "Love and Reason in Sufism"
ARIC 5244
Death in Islamic Law and Islamic Theology
ECON 4051 Seminar on Economic Development and Policy in the Middle East
ECON 4094 Economics of Egypt
HIST 4215
The Marriage Crisis and the Middle East
HIST 4224
Egypt in the Modern World Market
HIST 4288-01 Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Women & Gender
HIST 4288-02
Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Arabs in America
LAW 5214 Human Rights in the Middle East
MEST 4301 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East
MRS 5205
Palestine Refugee Issues
POLS 4372
International Law in the Middle East
POLS 4422
Contemporary Egypt
POLS 4605
International Politics in the Middle East
POLS 5230
Regime Change & Democratization
PPAD 5122 Administrative Environment and Public Policy in Egypt and the Middle East
PPAD 5151 Issues in International Security

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     Duration: One Year

   Fees 2018/2019

     Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0

    Application Deadline

                                Fall 2019 Deadline is April 1, 2019

     Contact us

     Phone: 20.2.2615.1757


     Office of Admissions: 

     Phone: 20.2.2615.4040