Study the Middle East at USC!

The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) at USC Dornsife is committed to the teaching and study of the languages, cultures, peoples, and societies throughout the Middle East region. With faculty in Arabic, Classics, Comparative Literature, Economics, French, History, International Relations, Judaic Studies, Persian, Political Science, and Religion, MESP is home to an interdisciplinary major and minor in Middle East Studies as well as a minor in Iranian Studies. The program organizes lively and exciting lectures, colloquia, conferences, and film series on a broad range of topics ranging from politics and economics to religion and popular culture.


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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 Experiences

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Choosing Your Major

USC College students provide testimonials on the decision-making process for choosing a major.

Archaeology Research

Undergraduate students work with Professor Lynn Dodd on photographing ancient Indian artifacts for preservation.

Video by Mira Zimet

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Daily Trojan article on Yasmine Merei lecture

Learn more about our November 18th lecture in this Daily Trojan article.

Daily Trojan article on Amr Hamzawy lecture

Check out this article in the Daily Trojan on our November 2nd lecture.

USC Dornsife Middle East Studies Program Inaugural Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Conference

Click here to read about the inaugural Iranian Studies Initiative conference.

If you missed the event, watch the morning and afternoon panels.

  • USC Middle East Studies Program
  • Taper Hall 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4355