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Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program


The Middle East and North Africa (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 offered in:

  • history
  • geography
  • political science
  • anthropology
  • sociology
  • economics
  • music
  • Arabic
  • Ottoman and modern Turkish
  • Hebrew
  • Persian

Undergraduate Studies 

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program’s new minor offers Binghamton students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in Middle Eastern history, politics, language, literature, and/or art. The minor draws from courses in different departments and is geared toward students who are interested in further study of the Middle East, perhaps in graduate school, or those who wish to pursue careers that will benefit from knowledge about the Middle East, such as journalism, foreign policy, and international law.

MENA minor requirements:

  • Language: 2 semesters (8 credits) of Arabic, Hebrew, or Turkish (modern or Ottoman), studied at any level. This should be 2 semesters of the same language. A semester of Ottoman may be combined with a semester of any level of modern Turkish.
  • Middle East and North Africa, pre-1800: 1 course (4 credits)
  • Middle East and North Africa, since 1800: 1 course (4 credits)
  • Electives: 2 courses in chosen areas of interest (8 credits)

                                                                             Total: 24 credits

Minimum grade required for courses to be counted for the minor: C. No courses for the minor may be taken P/F. 4 courses (16 credits) must be taken at Binghamton University. 2 courses (8 credits) must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Contact MENA Co-director Professor Kent Schull for advising at

Last Updated: 8/10/16