Study the Middle East at USC.
Meet the Middle East on its own terms. Communicate with its peoples in their own languages. From ancient manuscripts to home-stays abroad, we can take you there.
As a major or minor in Middle East Studies, combine courses in anthropology, economics, history, international relations, archaeology, religious studies, linguistics, political science.
Study Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian. Link Middle East Studies with any other degree major and stand out in the marketplace.
Unlock the Middle East for yourself.
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Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero? : Professor Rudi Matthee
Neither East nor West: Professor Rudi Matthee
Introduction to Islam: Professor Sherman Jackson
Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity teaches a GE course, Introduction to Islam.Video by Mira Zimet
Dornsife students describe how they use their SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) funds to assist faculty research or to support their own research project.Video by Mira Zimet
Problems Without Passports
Problems Without Passports shows undergraduate researchers that big issues transcend national borders.Video by Mira Zimet
Global ExperiencesVideo by Mira Zimet
Choosing Your Major
USC College students provide testimonials on the decision-making process for choosing a major.
Undergraduate students work with Professor Lynn Dodd on photographing ancient Indian artifacts for preservation.Video by Mira Zimet
The Romance of Archeology
Archeology major Jenny Crawford ('10) talks about her experience traveling to Peru last summer to work on a few archeological digs.Video by Mira Zimet
Farhang Foundation sponsors Iranian Studies Initiative
MDES Students Receive Honors Recognition
Congratulations to USC Global Scholar - Nora Pearl Snyder, Spring 2014 graduate (Middle East Studies/International Relations)
Congratulations to USC Renaissance Scholar - Adeel Mohammadi, Spring 2014 graduate (Biological Sciences/Religion; Economics/Middle East Studies)
Photo Contest Winners
Emma Katz won First Prize with the 2 photos below:
While I studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, I took this picture of a staircase I discovered while exploring one of my favorite neighborhoods. The staircase led up a steep hill- one of many in Amman -and bridged two halves of a famous art gallery. I'm not sure who painted the stairs, or for what purpose, but it was a beautiful, vibrant discovery- the kind Amman is full of.
One of the most memorable trips I took while in Jordan was a journey north of Amman, to the Roman ruins at Umm Qais. The ruins themselves were impressive, but the view from the hilly top of Umm Qais was spectacular. From this site, I stood in Jordan while looking out on Israel, the Golan Heights, and Syria simultaneously. It was an extraordinary experience to see the countries I have spent time studying become physically present
Nesma Tawil won Second Prize for her photo below:
I took this picture while attending the large protest in Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey in the summer of 2013.
Daily Trojan covers Springborg Lecture
Congratulations to the five delegates from the Middle East Studies Program who successfully represented the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Model Arab League on March 14-16!
Want to Study Abroad in the Middle East?
Read the experiences of Middle East Studies student Kevin Steen in his blog about his travels abroad based in Amman Spring 2012.
Expand your career options
Middle East expertise can help you further your goals in business, government, medicine, engineering, law, and public policy. Become an informed world citizen.