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Middle East Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
You’ll learn more than Middle East Studies here at Fordham University. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, literature, languages, ethics, mathematics, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.
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Overview

Few parts of our world are more in the news—or vital to U.S. interests—than the Middle East. As a Middle East Studies major at Fordham University, you’ll become well versed in the complexities and intricacies of Middle Eastern and North African culture, history, religion, civilization, economics, and politics. We train and equip you to step into challenging positions related to Middle East affairs.

We’re one of the few schools in the U.S. to offer an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in Middle Eastern studies. You’ll begin with language training in modern standard Arabic—a distinctive asset. You’ll then explore the Middle East and North Africa from Morocco to Afghanistan, Turkey to Somalia.

About the program

You’ll take courses in history, anthropology, political science, art history, economics, religion, philosophy, and literature. The Middle East will come alive with meaning—and you will graduate ready for a career or advanced study in the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Sample courses:
  • The Past in the Present: Near East Nationalism, Politics and Archeology 
  • Classic Islamic Texts
  • Women in Africa
  • Middle Eastern Pop Culture
  • Arabic Conversation and Composition
  • Political Economy of the Middle East
  • Francophone Voices from North Africa
  • History of Modern Israel
  • Islamic Ethics
  • Palestine-Israeli Conflict

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application with essay and $70 application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation from school guidance counselor or secondary school teacher
  • Transcripts, mark sheets or certificates from all secondary schools or high schools attended (Fordham requires transcripts for the last four years of pre-university education) 
  • SAT or ACT Results (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748)
  • Fordham has an SAT/ACT test flexible option for some overseas applicants. Applicants must (1) complete secondary education outside of the USA, and (2) receive one of these credentials:
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
    • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Diploma 
    • French Baccalaureate
    • German Abitur 
    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
    • Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato (Maturita)
    • Mexican Bachillerato 
    • Singapore Cambridge GCE A levels 
    • South African National Senior Certificate
    • Spanish Bachillerato
    • UK GCE Advanced Levels (3+ required) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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