Designed to provide a strong foundation in Middle Eastern Studies with a specialized knowledge of Islam, the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Program (IMES) provides unique opportunities to examine current geopolitical events and develop a deep understanding of religion, culture and society in the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Israel.

The IMES program is an interdisciplinary program organized and taught by faculty in the departments of Near Eastern and Judaic studies (NEJS), politics, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, fine arts, and African and Afro-American studies. With a solid training in language, history, political theory and praxis, and the ideals and practices of Islam, the program is especially appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate work in the fields of Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies, and it provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue careers dealing directly or indirectly with the Middle East.

The IMES program is administered by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, which is home to a number of IMES faculty. Opportunities for Senior Thesis research grants, study abroad, and internships or fellowships in the Middle East are also available.