Master's Degree In Middle East and Islamic Studies
The Middle East Studies Program and the Islamic Studies Program proposed an interdisciplinary MA in Middle East and Islamic studies has been approved!
George Mason University will be launching a new Master of Arts (MA) program in Middle East and Islamic Studies in the Fall of 2013. Due to very strong interest in the program, we will also be accepting applications for a small intake of students for the Spring 2013 semester (to start January 2013).
The interdisciplinary MA in Middle East and Islamic studies introduces students to the major issues and debates in the study of the Middle East, Islam and Muslim societies. Students study historical and contemporary topics--as well as theory and methodology--from both regional and global perspectives.
The expressed goal of this program is to situate the study of the Middle East and Islam within a globalized world. Accordingly, the curriculum covers topics of recent scholarly significance including the Arab Uprisings and transitions in the Middle East, new media, political Islam, the political economy of the Middle East, the relationship between “resource wars” and the “war on terrorism,” new diasporas and transnational Muslim communities in the ‘West,’ and the changed geopolitical environments of Muslim and Middle Eastern countries.
This interdisciplinary graduate degree prepares students for a variety of post-graduate opportunities in academia, government, and an expanding job market for people with this expertise.