Regional Specialization

The Middle East Institute coordinates the Middle East Regional Specialization for students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

To fulfill the regional specialization, students must take a total of three graduate-level courses (9 credits) drawn from at least two different disciplines. Students can choose from a wide array of courses in the humanities and social sciences offered through SIPA, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Law School. Students may enroll in pre-approved courses or they may petition to take other graduate courses with the approval of the Specialization Coordinator (Astrid Benedek, 

To verify completion of the specialization before graduation students must fill out the SIPA Regional Specialization Audit Form and submit it to the Astrid Benedek at the Middle East Institute in Knox Hall, Suite 301. Once the form has been approved, it should be delivered by the student to the SIPA Student Affairs Office for final approval.

Students who elect the Middle East Regional Specialization are integrated into the life and functioning of the Middle East Institute. Specialization students receive invitations to key Institute programs, events, and student-faculty functions and are enabled to participate in the broader Middle East studies community on campus.

A list of pre-approved courses is available here.