Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Program

Bachelor of Arts in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

The interdepartmental program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) has been discontinued and returned to a track (Arabic and Islamic Studies) in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS).

The Middle East is as complex as it is diverse, as rich in history as it is relevant to our world today. A full appreciation of the many dimensions of this region requires a truly multidisciplinary approach — one that is guaranteed by our interdepartmental program.

As an Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) major or minor, you will explore the history, languages, religions and societies of the Middle East, as well as the ideas and ideals of Islam. Beyond political economy and political science, you’ll have the opportunity to study topics such as feminism, peacemaking, translation and the arts as they relate to this region. You will be encouraged to complement our broad approach with deeper explorations into your particular areas of interest. And you will gain proficiency in either Arabic or Hebrew.

Whether you major or minor in IMES, you’ll be well prepared for further study — including at Brandeis, which offers several related advanced degrees. You’ll also be ready for a career in diplomacy, government, advocacy, business and other international professions.

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis’ IMES program benefits from the university’s wealth of resources devoted to this region. These include the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Our program is truly interdisciplinary, drawing on faculty from these research centers and from the departments of politics, history, anthropology and economics.

You can also take advantage of vibrant Middle East-related events and activities at nearby institutions.

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