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Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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This Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program of Colgate University provides students with an understanding of the origins and development of the Islamic faith in its heartland, as well as an awareness of the global, multi-cultural character of modern Islam. 

Program courses train students in art, literature, history, culture, politics, and political economy of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world.

Key facts:

The themes addressed by the program include Islam’s textual foundations and interpretive traditions; the developement and historical spread of diverse Muslim societies; political institutions, and artistic and literary traditions; European colonialism and its impact on the cultures, economies, and polities of the region; the rise of modern nationalism and its relationship to tribal, religious, and ethnic identities; the emergence and impact of political Islam and Islamic revivalist movements; the Arab-Israeli conflict; democratization and revolutionary movements; and United States foreign policy toward the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Arabic 
  • Intermediate Arabic 
  • Advanced Arabic 
  • Muhammad and the Qur’an
  • Comparative Politics: Middle East
  • Muslim Societies in Motion
  • The Israel/Palestine Conflict

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

  • Application
  • Application fee 
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcript
  • High school senior grades
  • Official standardized testing scores (optional for all fall 2021 applicants)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59655 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59655 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    59655 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59655 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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