Middle East studies (MES) focuses on the area stretching from Morocco in the west to Oman in the east, from Iran and Turkey in the north to Sudan in the south. The history and art of this region contributed to Western civilization and the area today is central to issues of global peace and prosperity.
In the tradition of liberal education, the MES minor introduces students to the heritage, problems, and perspectives of Middle Eastern cultures, thus helping them to better understand their own culture. Michigan, for example, is home to the nation's largest Arab American community, half Christian, half Muslim, with substantial Jewish congregations. Study abroad programs in Turkey and Jordan are encouraged. Visit www.gvsu.edu/pic for more details.
Coursework covers a variety of topics, including:
The program offers a variety of career options, including those in:
“By offering a wide variety of classes, study abroad programs, and experiential learning activities, the MES program provided me with an exceptional education in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. I have come to value my MES minor not only because it has made me more able to understand current global events, but I have also found that it consistently helps set me apart from the competition when being evaluated by potential employers and clients.”