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Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies


Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies at Binghamton University was established in the 1960s, one of the first Middle East Studies programs in the United States. During its history of over fifty years, the program has held a long-standing commitment to teaching and supporting advanced research about the Middle East, North Africa, and adjacent areas. The program is inclusive in its view of the MENA region, not defined by fixed geographical borders or an association with a single religious tradition or time period. Rather, we see the MENA area as a fluid space, constituted by many identities, as well as by the continuous waves of migration both to and from it.

Undergraduate Studies 

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies' new minor offers Binghamton students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in Middle Eastern and North African history, politics, language, literature, and/or art. The minor draws from courses in different departments and is geared toward students who are interested in further study of the Middle East and North Africa, perhaps in graduate school, or those who wish to pursue careers that will benefit from knowledge about the Middle East and North Africa, such as journalism, foreign policy, and international law.

MENA minor requirements:

  • Language: 2 semesters (8 credits) of Arabic, Hebrew, or Turkish (modern or Ottoman), studied at any level. This should be 2 semesters of the same language. A semester of Ottoman may be combined with a semester of any level of modern Turkish.
  • Middle East and North Africa, pre-1800: 1 course (4 credits)
  • Middle East and North Africa, since 1800: 1 course (4 credits)
  • Electives: 2 courses in chosen areas of interest (8 credits)

                                                                             Total: 24 credits

Minimum grade required for courses to be counted for the minor: C. No courses for the minor may be taken P/F. 4 courses (16 credits) must be taken at Binghamton University. 2 courses (8 credits) must be at the 300- or 400-level.


Last Updated: 9/12/19