Prospective Undergraduate Students


The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) focuses on the past and present of a vast and culturally diverse region of the world that extends from North Africa to Central Asia and from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. It adopts interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to Middle Eastern societies from antiquity to the present day with particular focus on the period after the emergence of Islam.

An MEIS major offers students the opportunity to master one of the regional languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hindi/Urdu. Students will also acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of this pivotal area of the world by studying with the Department's specialists in history, anthropology, political science, literature, law, and religious studies.

In addition to courses offered by MEIS, students are encouraged to select cross-listed courses in other departments and programs, such as anthropology, fine arts, Hebrew and Judaic studies, history, politics, comparative literature, religious studies, and sociology that complement the department's offerings.

Awards for Excellence

The department offers several awards to undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in their studies at the end of the academic year.

  • The Rumi-Biruni Prize, for excellence in Persian studies
  • The Ibn Khaldun Prize, for excellence in Arabic studies
  • The Evliya Chelebi Prize, for excellence in Turkish studies
  • The Premchand Prize, for excellence in Hindi and Urdu studies

Professor Sibel Erol
Office Address: Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 50 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 992-9622
Fax: (212) 995-4689

Professor Sibel Erol's teaching and research encompass language and literature. She has a Ph.D. is in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in English from Berkeley. She works on a variety of topics such as nationalism, modernity, postmodernism, gender, film and the novel.

Arab Crossroads

Arab Crossroads Studies majors are required to take a minimum of 10 courses offered by the program: four required courses (The Emergence of the Modern Middle East, Anthropology and the Arab World, Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature and Society, and Problems and Methods in Arab Crossroads Studies); a minimum of four elective courses; and a two-semester capstone project. Additionally, Arab Crossroads Studies majors are required to take a minimum of four semesters of college Arabic or their equivalent, or demonstrate proficiency at this level. Only one course may double-count for the major in Arab Crossroad Studies and another major or concentration.

How to Declare Your Major/Minor

Check out the MEIS Major/Minor FAQ page here to declare your MEIS major/minor. To learn more about the program, contact the MEIS Director of Undergraduate Studies or the MEIS Office.