Islamic Civilization and Societies

The graduate program in Middle Eastern Studies offers an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary curriculum designed for students who wish to acquire a broad background in Middle Eastern history, cultures, and politics. The program seeks to prepare candidates for a variety of post-graduate opportunities in diplomacy, human rights, government and public service, business, media, non-governmental organizations, and cultural institutions in the United States and abroad. Master’s students contribute to the intellectual life of the Boston College community and are encouraged to participate in colloquia and conversations across the University.

The master's program in Middle Eastern Studies (MES) offers two areas of focus: (1) Politics and International Relations and (2) Religion, Culture, and Society. Students have considerable flexibility in designing their programs of study and have access to the resources of all relevant departments, such as Art, Art History, and Film, Music, History, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Theology, and other departments of the University. In addition to the wide range of courses offered within the MES program, students have the opportunity to utilize the resources of the outstanding network of scholars in the Boston area, including those of our Boston Area Consortium partners at Boston University, Tufts University, and Brandeis University.

The Middle Eastern Studies program admits about 10 students a year, a number small enough to allow for personal attention, close contacts with the faculty, and an environment of collegiality, as well as small class size. Graduate students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular events, such as our Distinguished Lecture Series, alumni networking workshops, and informal discussions. Program faculty, with the assistance of the Office of International Programs, will direct students toward opportunities for language immersion, internships abroad, and other invaluable opportunities for professional development outside the classroom.