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Advance Your Career with Middle Eastern Studies

Expand your job options with the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate, which is open to Asian Studies majors, all other majors, and students who only wish to take the five college classes needed to earn the certificate.

If you are an Asian Studies major, you can specialize in Middle Eastern history, Islamic civilization, or a related topic by choosing the classes that interest you most within the certificate program.

Earn It with Just Five Classes

The Middle Eastern Studies Certificate is a smart choice if you are not a current college student and want to gain a college-level credential in this field. You can earn this stand-alone certificate and give yourself new career potential in the military, business, or other areas by taking just five college classes. Your courses will be taught by university professors with expertise in Middle Eastern history, culture, religion, and politics.

Imagine Your Future

Asian Studies Majors: Specialize, Stand Out to Employers

The Middle Eastern Studies Certificate will help your résumé stand out and give potential employers an extra reason to consider you.

Other Majors: Expand Job Options and Graduate School Opportunities

If you are in another major, this certificate can give you new opportunities in the job market. You may also qualify for graduate school in fields you could not access with your major.

Career opportunities in Middle Eastern Studies

  • Journalism: as a reporter in the Middle East, as a Washington, DC reporter, or for any job involving editing world news
  • Political Science: as a diplomat, in international-level politics, or for lobbying groups
  • Business: in international business ventures or for US businesses competing with companies overseas
  • Foreign Languages: in international companies that may want expertise in one language area but appreciate depth in a second culture
  • Students in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: adding this certificate may benefit you in your military career

Classes and Requirements

Count Classes You Are Already Taking

For current students, this certificate lets you count some of the classes you may already be taking to help you meet your major requirements with the same classes, saving you time and money.

Sometimes the topics in courses such as Major Global Authors, Topics in Non-Western History, and Non-Western Studies can relate to Middle Eastern studies. Check with your instructor to see if the topic fits, and get approval from the Asian Studies coordinator to count these classes toward the 15 credits needed for the certificate.

With the Asian Studies coordinator's approval, you can also count three credits of an appropriate foreign language class and three credits of an internship.

If you’re enrolled in our pre-law track, you’ll select courses that help get you ready for law school and a career as a criminal lawyer or judge, including:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political science

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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