What can I do with a Middle East Studies degree?

  • Foreign service
  • NGOs
  • United Nations
  • Private sector
  • Consulting
  • Translation

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 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 and PhD admissions committees.

USC Middle East Studies Alumni

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.

  • USC Middle East Studies Program
  • Taper Hall 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151
  • Images courtesy of Ed Ou Photography and USC Dornsife Office of Overseas Studies