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.
Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity teaches a GE course,…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…Video by Mira Zimet
Problems Without Passports shows undergraduate researchers that big issues transcend national borders.Video by Mira Zimet
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
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
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)
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 a steep hill (Amman was originally built on seven hills) and cut between two halves of a famous art gallery. I'm not sure who or why it was painted, 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 Umm Qais, which is on top of a hill, was even more so. At the top of the site, I stood in Jordan while looking out on Israel, the Golan Heights, and Syria all at once. The countries I had heard about on the news and learned about in my courses were suddenly tangible, which was an extraordinary experience.
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.
Read the experiences of Middle East Studies student Kevin Steen in his blog about his travels abroad based in Amman Spring 2012.
Middle East expertise can help you further your goals in business, government, medicine, engineering, law, and public policy. Become an informed world citizen.