The Middle Eastern Studies major will no longer accept new students after December 18, 2020.

The roots of western civilization are in the Middle East, and there is a great need for diplomats, business leaders, social service providers, and others who understand the languages, cultures, and politics of the Middle East. OWU's foundation in the liberal arts provides an ideal environment for Middle Eastern Studies, where students study religion, art, culture, literature, history, language, politics, economics, and philosophy.

About the Major

The interdisciplinary major in Middle Eastern Studies includes four required courses (in art, comparative literature, religion, and a seminar course); intermediate-level proficiency in a language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish); and six additional courses selected from a variety of fields. All majors are required to complete a solid, intellectually rigorous research project. We also offer a variety of options for students to experience the region in person by traveling to the region.


Graduate Outcomes

Marija Ignjatovic ’03

Marija is a Special Assistant at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
"On a professional level, my first real mentor was my professor, Sean Kay. He really set the stage, not only for everything I learned in my field at OWU and afterward, but also for ways I have built my professional life."

Department Contact Info


Susan Gunasti
Phillips Hall 219
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3829