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What will I learn?

The major in Middle East and Islamic Studies offer a broad course of interdisciplinary and theoretically informed study. It is designed to provide a broad understanding of the history, politics and culture of the Middle East and Muslim societies. The coursework introduces students to the complexity and diversity of the cultural and geographic regions that are represented in the Middle East and Islamic world with focuses on gender, history, religion, literature, popular discourses and politics.

MEIS faculty are drawn from the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, History, Media and Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Theatre, Political Science, and Women’s Studies. Their research and expertise canvass a vast and diverse area from Muslim Spain to Ottoman Greece, and North Africa, in the west, to Central Asia, Indonesia, and South Asia, in the east. Thematically, MEIS faculty examine such issues as social, economic, urban, gender and legal history; Arabic language and literature; identity politics; media in India; theatre and representation; literary studies; state, society and religion; gender and modernity; Islamic movements; human rights; Trans nationality; and pluralism.

MEIS promotes a comparative and critical study of this vast region over a long time period through coursework to gain language proficiency, information literacy, breadth and depth coverage, critical reading skills and analysis, research and writing proficiency as well as oral skills.

Careers and employment opportunities: International organizations, The United Nations; Think Tanks; Education; Government; International Business; International Law; Public Health; Graduate School.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 180 units)

Tuition fees
US$45,381.00 per year
Tuition and Fees: USD $15,627 Plus Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition: USD $29,754
Start date

29 March 2021, 23 September 2021


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

900 University Avenue,



92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must earn a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale (equivalent to an 85 percent on a 100 percent scale). The assessment of a qualifying GPA is based on “a - g” courses (required high school/secondary classes) completed in years 10 and 11. If the high school/secondary school offers a different curriculum, your academic achievement will be based on that educational system’s grading scale.

For international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you are in high school or have not yet enrolled in a regular session at a college or university after high school graduation (excluding the summer immediately after graduation).

English Language Proficiency

If English is not the applicant’s native language, or the language of instruction at school, English proficiency must be demonstrated in one of these ways: Pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 80 or higher (iBT); Pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 60 or higher on the Paper Based Test (PBT); Pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 or higher; Achieve a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition; Achieve a score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination in English (Language A); Complete a transferable college course in English Composition with a C grade or better.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.