The MA in Middle East studies is a two-year (maximum four-year) course intended for students from all social science and humanities backgrounds.
The course provides training in Arabic, research methods and a broad range of topics relevant to the study of the Middle East. The course includes extracurricular activities and an option to study abroad. In order to graduate, students must pass the AUC Arabic language test at the intermediate (2.5) level.
To obtain the MA 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.
Course units given below are subject to change and are the latest example of curriculum available in this course of study.
Ten courses are required for the MA degree with a comprehensive examination (administered by an interdisciplinary examining board). An oral examination will be given following the written test.
Eight courses are required for the MA degree with a thesis.
Obligatory Courses (Thesis/Comprehensive Tracks)
||A Critical Introduction to Middle East Studies
||Interdisciplinary Seminar in Middle East Studies
Obligatory Courses (Thesis Track)
||Thesis (first and second registration 3 cr, additional registration 1 cr.)
Obligatory Course (Comprehensive Track)
|Comprehensive Exam (1 cr., or 0 cr. if taken with another course in the same semester)
Core Courses (Thesis/Comprehensive Tracks) (Choose Three Courses)
An approved 400 or 500 level course in modern Arabic literature.
Elective Courses Offered in Spring 2020
||Selected Topics in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions: "Major Works in Islamic Studies"
||Cairo in the Cultural Imaginary
||Sira and Hadith
||Seminar on Economic Development and Policy in the Middle East
||Economics of Egypt
||Modern Literary Criticism: Interpretation and Culture
||Selected Topics in World History: Family in History
|The Marriage Crisis and the Middle East
||Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Women and Gender
|Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Arabs in America
||Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Modern Lebanon
||Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History: Egypt under Nasser: Regime, Class, and Society
||Human Rights in the Middle East
|International Politics in the Middle East
|International Political Economy
||Regime Change and Democratization
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