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Middle Eastern Studies Minor

Explore the political, religious and cultural characteristics of one of the most complex regions in the world with the University of Central Missouri’s Middle Eastern Studies minor. Our interdisciplinary undergraduate program combines classes from the social sciences and the humanities to help you develop expertise in Middle Eastern studies that will enhance a huge range of majors.

You’ll study with UCM’s Middle East faculty experts in the classroom and in study abroad programs. With the help of an academic advisor, you can tailor your classes to align with your major and your career aspirations, making this a valuable and personalized undergraduate program.

A minor in Middle Eastern Studies will bolster your skill set and give you a competitive edge in building an exciting career. You’ll be ready for a variety of jobs with the U.S. government, nonprofit organizations and private sector employers — and to pursue graduate studies in a wide range of disciplines.

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Study abroad opportunities

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Renowned faculty and Middle East experts

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Personalized program curriculum

What you will study

As a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll study major social, religious and political events and how they’ve shaped the hot-button issues affecting the region. From the origins of Christianity, Islam and Judaism to the Syrian Civil War and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, our program gives you the opportunity to expand and enhance your understanding of the Middle East’s history and future trajectory.

With the help of your academic advisor, you can tailor your Middle Eastern Studies minor with classes in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Religious Studies, Modern Languages or Anthropology.

Popular classes for students in the Middle Eastern Studies minor include:

  • Oil, Water and Security
  • Middle East Politics
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Terrorism
  • Geography of the Middle East and North Africa


Unique learning opportunities in Middle Eastern studies

At the University of Central Missouri, we know that one of the best ways to learn about the politics, culture and history of the Middle East is through hands-on learning experiences:

  • Nance Middle East Collection: Satisfy a research interest specific to the Middle East with the help of the Nance Middle East Collection. One of five notable collections housed in UCM’s McClure Archives, this collection of Middle Eastern artifacts and art is one of the nation’s most extensive.
  • Study abroad: Take advantage of first-hand study abroad opportunities under the guidance of UCM professors. UCM offers a 2.5-week program in Jordan and Israel, and our students can enroll in a four-week program in Tunisia to learn more about ongoing transitions in Africa. We also offer a Divided Cities program focused on topics including the political, religious and cultural divides in Jerusalem, Berlin and Kansas City.


What can you do with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from UCM?

UUCM’s Middle Eastern Studies minor helps you build a foundation for a career in business, law, government, education or nonprofit work. Depending on your major and career aspirations, UCM’s faculty members and academic advisors will help you choose the best minor classes for you.

Outside of the job market, many of our graduates move on to pursue graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels at prestigious universities across the country. UCM students who minor in Middle Eastern Studies can also compete for prestigious postgraduate opportunities, including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Peace Corps.

Jobs for Middle Eastern Studies minors

Use the interactive tool below to explore employment trends, salary potential, job outlooks and additional career data for graduates with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies.




Financial assistance options for your Middle Eastern Studies minor

The University of Central Missouri can help students in the Middle Eastern Studies minor find affordable routes to graduation. In fact, we’re recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranked university for low student debt. 

Our financial aid counselors are ready to help as you explore your financing options to ensure your UCM education is attainable. In addition to our competitive tuition rates, you can apply for scholarships, grants and loans to offset the cost of your undergraduate studies.

UCM offers university-wide scholarships that are open to future freshmen, current undergraduate students, transfer students and out-of-state students. Additionally, your major area of study at UCM may offer financial awards that are reserved for students in that program. Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.




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Explore programs related to Middle Eastern studies.

If you’re interested in studying politics, culture, history and religion but you’re unsure if a minor in Middle Eastern Studies is the best choice for you, be sure to look into these related minors at UCM:


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