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Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies University of California, Santa Barbara


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The Middle East Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in which students can explore the myriad peoples, societies, languages, and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa from a variety of perspectives. The program brings under one roof studies on the languages, cultures, and history, politics and societies of the region in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. The program also offers courses on the religious and cultural traditions of Islam, not only of the Middle East and North Africa, but also in other areas where these traditions have come to play a major role-south and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and North America. The cultural, religious, and intellectual works generated there by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been so durable, and so closely intertwined with one another, that our understanding of any one of them is fatally flawed if we try to study one in isolation from the other two. Likewise, Islam was born in the Middle East and evolved its core traditions there, but has long since taken root throughout the world and must be studied in a world context.

The B.A. in Middle East Studies aims to provide an educational experience satisfying in and for it, while simultaneously developing the body of knowledge and skills necessary for graduate study or an area-based career in foreign relations, international development, business, or government. Obviously no undergraduate program can provide a deep expertise in the whole of this vast arena. Students should however expect to achieve a well-defined sense of the whole, as well as to acquire the basic linguistic and conceptual tools needed to approach the region with real understanding. To this end, the program gives students considerable flexibility in designing their course of studies, but it also demands coherence and rigor.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies.

Full Time (Minimum of 180 quarter units)

Tuition fees

$29,754.00 (21,80,950) per year


26 Sep, 30 Mar, 01 Oct


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirement for international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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