Students with a degree in Middle East Studies are prepared to work for a variety of employers dealing with the region. They are specially equipped to work as cultural liaisons and analysts of Middle Eastern events.
Go from generalist to expert. Here are some of the actual combinations pursued by current students:
Religion + Middle East Studies
Business + Middle East Studies
Linguistics + Middle East Studies
International Relations + Middle East Studies
Environmental Studies + Middle East Studies
Public Policy + Middle East Studies
These are only a few of the possibilities. Expertise in the Middle East can be usefully applied in any professional field, from engineering to medicine to journalism to education. Employers know and understand the value of expertise in this critical region.
A degree in Middle East Studies is an indispensable asset in preparation for graduate studies focused on the region in any field.
Advanced ability in Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian can open many doors. Ability in more than one will certainly attract the attention of employers or PhD admissions committees.
USC students who focused on the Middle East in recent years have gone on to PhD programs connected to their Middle Eastern studies at UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.