The online graduate certificate in Middle Eastern Studies provides a comprehensive understanding of Middle Eastern culture, religion, security issues, conflicts, and governance. Knowledge gained in this program is helpful if your career path brings you in contact with Middle Eastern people and cultures. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who wish to expand their knowledge of the Middle East without committing to a degree program.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role of religion in the political, economic, and cultural life of the area.
  • Assess the security issues of the region.
  • Evaluate the impact of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the region.
  • Examine the impact of U.S. policy on the region.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

IRLS501Comparative Political Systems3
IRLS660Seminar in Middle East Politics and Security3
IRLS662Middle Eastern Culture3
IRLS664Politics and Culture in Central Asia3
MILH669Arab-Israeli Conflict: Contemporary Politics & Diplomacy3
RELS533Islam3
Total Semester Hours18