Middle East and North African (MENA) Program
The Middle East and North African (MENA) program at Binghamton University coordinates
study of the Middle East, North and Sudanic Africa, and European countries that have
extensive Islamic contact. The program develops and integrates research and graduate
and undergraduate instruction about the MENA area. Courses related to this area are
- political science,
- Ottoman and modern Turkish
- Hebrew, and
Undergraduate students with majors in the humanities and social sciences may enroll
in the Middle East and North African program and, upon successful completion of the
program, receive a MENA certificate. To receive the certificate, students must meet
all college and departmental major requirements and complete the MENA requirements,
including a total of 8 MENA courses. Independent studies and honors work may be credited
as MENA courses when approved by the appropriate department and the MENA committee. The
program does not supplant the normal disciplinary specialization or undergraduate
major, but permits certain selections that constitute a coherent course of study about
this area within the framework of requirements for graduation.
Opportunities are available for travel and study in the MENA region under SUNY sponsorship
(for example, in Binghamton's Arabic studies program in Morocco).
Graduate work for certification in MENA studies, leading to the MA and PhD, may be
- political science,
- comparative literature,
- sociology, and
- classical and Near Eastern studies.
The graduate program offers flexibility in programming courses for individual student
interests. There are opportunities for collaboration with faculty, exchange programs
with other leading Middle East and North African study centers, and individual language
instruction in Arabic, Ottoman and modem Turkish, Hebrew, Sanskrit and Persian. MENA
graduate students interested in the developing nations may have access to the resources
of the independent Institute for Development Anthropology upon application to its
office in Binghamton.
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