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Middle East Studies Program

Certificate in Middle East Studies

323 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-6583 or 608-262-7141; mideast.wisc.edu

Chair: Uli Schamiloglu. Middle East Studies Committee: Professors Aylward, Balantekin, Brenner, Cahill, Chamberlain, Charkowski, Cohen, Cowell, Elder, Foltz, Gade, Hutchinson, Kleijwegt, Layoun, Michels, Nadler, Neville, Paker, Popkewitz, Schamiloglu, Shakhashiri, Shank, Shenker, Talaat, Tochon, Troxel, Wink; Associate Professors Alagoz, Alatout, Chopra, El-Nossery, Hutton, Livanos, Mani, Quraishi, Rosenblum, Shelef; Assistant Professors Al-Mohammad, Gocmen, England, Hollander, Pruitt, Tanoukhi

The purpose of the Middle East Studies Program is to combine training in a discipline or profession with insight and knowledge about the culture, languages, and problems of the area. The program adopts the basic philosophy that it is necessary to develop a new practical approach to the study of the Middle East by first acquiring sound training in a discipline or profession and then by applying the methods and concepts of that discipline and profession, as well as skills of inquiry and research, to specific problems in the Middle East. Economic planning, law reform and institution building, urbanization, demography, housing, nutrition, agriculture, land problems, the organization and development of educational systems, and technical and vocational training at all levels are some of the fields covered by the program. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has extensive and unique resources in these fields, and it offers a broad range of courses on the languages, history, culture, and literature of the region.

Certificate in Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies Program offers an undergraduate certificate in Middle East studies. Requirements for the certificate include the interdisciplinary core course Introduction to the Middle East, which should be taken as early as possible in the sequence of courses for the certificate.

Certificate Requirements
  • Core course (LCA 266), 3 cr
  • Second semester of a selected Middle Eastern language, 0 cr
  • One course in history and social science, 3 cr
  • One course in religion and culture, 3 cr
  • Additional courses in history and social science; religion and culture; or other electives (including up to 3 credits of advanced Middle Eastern language), up to 9 cr

Total credits: 18

Students interested in declaring the undergraduate certificate should contact the Middle East Studies Program office or the undergraduate advisor, Professor Uli Schamiloglu, 262-7141; uschamil@wisc.edu


For a current list of courses in Middle East studies approved for the undergraduate certificate, see the program website.