Middle Eastern Studies Concentration

                                                                               Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet


The Middle Eastern Studies concentration is designed for students interested principally in the art and architecture, culture, economics, history, and politics of the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey.

Concentration requirements: Four subjects from the list below with no more than two subjects from a single area. A HASS Concentration may include only one subject that also counts toward the HASS Distribution Requirement. You may include more than one only if the additional subject will NOT count as a HASS Distribution subject in your degree audit.




4.612 Islamic Architecture and the Environment (G)

4.614 Building Islam, HASS-A

4.616 Topics on Culture and Architecture (G)

4.617 Topics in Islamic Urbanism (G)

4.619 Historiography of Islamic Architecture (G)

4.621 Orientalism, Colonialism, and Representation (G)

WGS.220J Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa [21H.263], HASS-H




3.981 Communities of the Living and the Dead: the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, HASS-S

3.993 Archaeology of the Middle East, HASS-S

17.565/17.567 Israel: History, Politics, Culture, and Identity, HASS-S

17.568 Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East (G)

21H.160 Islam, the Middle East, and the West, HASS-H

21H.161 The Modern Middle East, HASS-H, CI-H

21H.260 Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics, and Society, HASS-S

21H.261 Modern Iran: A Century of Revolution, HASS-H

21H.262 Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, HASS-H

21H.365 Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East, HASS-H

21H.381J Women and War [WGS.222J], HASS-S




21G.951 Arabic I, HASS-H

21G.952 Arabic II, HASS-H

With the permission of the Concentration Advisor, students may take one or two introductory, intermediate, or advanced subjects in one of the following languages offered by Harvard University or Wellesley College: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish. The advisor may also approve other Middle Eastern languages, such as Armenian, Greek, or Kurdish.


This list is not exhaustive. Relevant subjects that are no longer offered and subjects with variable topics (such as “special subjects” or “selected topics” courses, for example) may also be counted at the discretion of the concentration advisor.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects

(G) Graduate subjects which are open to qualified undergraduates, with the permission of the instructor


Additional information can be obtained from the Concentration Advisor:
Professor Philip S. Khoury, 10-280, x3-0887
Or from the History Office, E51-255, x3-4965
Or by emailing shass-ug@mit.edu.