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The Middle East Studies Program, with its interdisciplinary approach, provides a unique opportunity to learn about the languages and peoples, literatures and cultures, religions and histories of the region from the Maghreb in the west to Afghanistan in the east. The program encompasses the study of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic civilizations from antiquity to the modern era as they struggle to retain their roots, while coping with regional conflicts and the challenge of modernity.

Undergraduate students desiring to major or minor in Middle Eastern Studies or Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures can obtain the requisite information by visiting the Degree Programs information page of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC).


Study Abroad

The University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program provides an opportunity to study intensive Arabic in Irbid, Jordan, and to enhance a unique cultural experience.