The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Fostering an inter-regional and multi-disciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim Diaspora communities.
Regional Specialization in Middle East Studies (open only to SIPA students)
The certificate candidate draws up a program with the approval of the Institute’s Associate Director. Programs vary, depending on the degree of the candidate's previous preparation, and the department or school in which the candidate chooses to earn an advanced degree.
Courses: Each candidate must complete 24 points of course work as follows:
Two region-wide courses (lecture or colloquium) one in history and one in political science (6 points);
Four other lecture courses or colloquia selected from three different disciplines (12 points);
Two seminars or colloquia (6 points);
In addition to seminars and colloquia specifically listed for Institute credit, candidates, with the approval of the director, may count one seminar or colloquium not primarily on the Middle East only if the candidate's work in the course was concentrated on the Middle East.
Language Requirement: The language requirement is satisfied in full once the certificate candidate has demonstrated proficiency in at least one of the major area languages equivalent to three years of university instruction. A certificate candidate who comes equipped with such proficiency in one of the major languages is encouraged to study a second. Native speakers of one Middle Eastern language must take at least one year of a second area language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.
The Institute sponsors approximately 30 lunch-time talks per year on topics ranging from art and literature to current events, hosts conferences, and provides a neutral atmosphere for scholarly and student exchanges of views on issues concerning the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. It offers courses and outreach seminars to teachers and adult education groups, briefs journalists, and generally acts as a clearing-house for requests for information on the region and its peoples by the media, educational professionals, and the interested public, drawing upon the expertise of its own staff and the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia University.
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