History (with Geographic concentration in Africa and the Middle East), B.A. | Duke University | Durham, United States
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History (with Geographic concentration in Africa and the Middle East)

48 months
62941 USD/year
62941 USD/year
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Students have two ways to focus their studies in the History department. Thematic concentrations allow you to explore contemporary issues and themes from historical perspectives. The Bachelor in History (with Geographic concentration in Africa and the Middle East) program at Duke University allows you to explore the issues present in these parts of the world.


Historians treat the past as a foreign place that can unlock the mysteries of the present and the future. We study history for instrumental reasons, to redress the pervasive “history deficit” in political discourse and policy formation. We also study the past for broader, more imaginative purposes: to see and understand that everything in human experience – ideas, emotions, identities, social hierarchies, categories of difference – has a history that is constantly changing. 

Thinking like a historian will help you understand how attention to change, context, and contingency is critical to understanding the ethical and political dilemmas of the past, present, and future. These skills provide a foundation for careers in law, medicine, education, business, and public policy, while fostering the grounded imagination that makes activism, innovation, and entrepreneurship possible.

Our curriculum

Taken as a whole our curriculum at Bachelor in History (with Geographic concentration in Africa and the Middle East) program offered by Duke University aims for majors to:

Understand history as a discipline.
  • This involves developing knowledge within a chosen area of concentration, realizing that historical interpretations change over time, and seeing the ways in which historians find layered, complex causes and connections in human affairs.
Build critical and analytic skills.
  • This involves defining research questions and framing them as part of ongoing scholarly conversations, establishing what contexts matter to those research questions, finding a variety of evidence – from speeches to visual materials to court records and beyond – and analyzing it to help refine and answer their questions.
Enhance their skills in written communication.
  • This involves writing with clarity and cogency and understanding that, in History, content (what something says) cannot be separated from form (how it is said).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Gateway Seminar: Political Culture in Africa
  • Slavery in Africa: History, Memory, and Methodology
  • Modern Africa
  • Health and Healing in Africa
  • Humanitarianism in Africa
  • South African History, 1870 to the Present
  • Islam in Central Eurasia
  • Islamic Civilization 
  • The Turks: From Ottoman Empire to European Union
  • Representing the Middle East
  • The Modern Middle East
  • The Crusades to the Holy Land
  • Jews and Muslims, Judaism and Islam
  • China And The Silk Roads
  • Violent Jihad in the Twentieth Century - A Global History
  • Capstone Seminar: 20th-Century South Africa Through Biography and Autobiography
  • Capstone Seminar: History of Zionism and the State of Israel
  • Capstone Seminar: Palestine and Arab-Israeli Conflict

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts for all academic work completed in high school are required and must be submitted by your school counselor or another school official
  • All applicants must complete either the ACT or SAT
  • If you are a non-native English speaker or if you are not currently studying in an English-medium curriculum, we recommend but do not require that you take an English proficiency test (DUOLINGO, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)
  • A one-page personal essay as well as short essay questions specific to Duke
  • We require three letters of recommendation for each applicant: one from your school counselor and two from teachers who have taught you in major academic courses (English, mathematics, social studies, sciences, foreign languages)
  • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
  • To obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States, a foreign citizen must furnish his or her home country’s U.S. consulate with proof of ability to meet educational expenses, along with the I-20 form.

Tuition Fee

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    62941 USD/year
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Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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