Students have many opportunities to participate in the academic life of the Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES). IMES offers a Master of Arts program in Middle East Studies and an undergraduate major in Middle East Studies. Course offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate level draw heavily on the various academic departments of the University, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of international issues and giving students both a practical and theoretical perspective from which they can analyze world events.

Students at all levels of study are invited to participate in the wide-range of events run by the Institute each semester. IMES programming includes brown-bag lunches, academic workshops and conferences, film screenings, and the Middle East Policy Forum lecture series. Additionally, students may apply for the IMES Research Fellows program, which awards funding to students to work as a research assistants to professors of their choosing.


Eric Cline Wins NEH Public Scholar Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Professor Eric Cline its public scholar grant for his forthcoming book Digging Up Armageddon: The Story of Biblical Megiddo from Canaanites to Christians, which will be published by Princeton University Press.

Cooperation in Syria

MES MA student Thomas Buonomo published an op-ed in The Hill on the need for Iran and the US to cooperate to resolve the region's most pressing issues, notably the crisis in Syria and the ever-worsening conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Islam and Politics in the Middle East

Join POMEPS and Mark Tessler to discuss his recent release, Islam and Politics in the Middle East: Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens (Indiana University Press, 2015).