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Majoring and Minoring in Middle East Studies
Middle East and Islamic Studies at Duke University Libraries

Duke University Middle East Studies Center

The Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) is a hub for research, policy, education, and outreach about the Middle East. DUMESC supports in-depth Middle Eastern language training and a variety of interdisciplinary courses on the region's geopolitics, culture, and society.

On Duke's campus, DUMESC creates an intellectual community by supporting curricular programs such as study abroad, DukeEngage, Middle East related majors and minors, and the graduate certificate in Middle East Studies. It also offers a wide array of programming from guest speakers to conferences and film festivals.

With its renowned faculty expertise in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences, DUMESC emphasizes the importance of the Middle East to global education, engaging in a variety of topics from literature to policy. As part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, DUMESC reaches a wide community of scholars seeking to understand the Middle East. 

Graduate Certificate

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Critical Genealogies of Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies and Islamic Studies faculty, course offerings and library resources available to students at Duke are enhanced by the close collaboration between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Duke-UNC graduate certificate trains students for interdisciplinary research in Middle East Studies and is designed to complement the disciplinary training in their home departments.

Learn more about the Middle East studies certificate.


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Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

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DUMESC is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. The consortium combines the strengths of our center with those of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

With support from Title VI, the consortium works to strengthen language instruction in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish at Duke and UNC, offer programs events about the Middle East on both campuses, strengthen graduate student offerings, and provide foreign language and area studies fellowships for students. The consortium also educates teachers, professionals and other community members about the Middle East and provides funds for course development, research and travel for Duke and UNC faculty members.

Visit the consortium website.