Middle Eastern Culture

Programs in Middle Eastern culture that include topics in history, language and religion can be found at many colleges and universities. Continue reading to learn more about degree and career options for Middle Eastern scholars and specialists.

Is the Study of Middle Eastern Culture for Me?

Career Overview

Studies of Middle Eastern culture usually combine a classical study of the region with an investigation of contemporary issues. If you are interested in how the Middle East has evolved over time, then this subject may suit your curiosity as it involves numerous areas of study and languages.

Career Outlook and Salary Potential

Many job opportunities for specialists are available in this field. The federal government, the private sector and international organizations are all employers of those who have an understanding of Middle Eastern languages, history, political processes, customs and culture.

In May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that translators and interpreters earned a mean annual wage of $47,920. In comparison, management analysts and lawyers averaged $89,990 and $131,990 per year, respectively. In the same month, high school teachers had a mean annual wage of $58,260, while postsecondary foreign language and history teachers had corresponding average salaries of $66,300 and $74,100 (www.bls.gov).

How Can I Work as a Middle Eastern Culture Specialist?

Bachelor's Degree Programs

A minimum of a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern culture is required to work in this field. It is also a prerequisite for more advanced degrees and the opportunity to pursue intensive research. In general, a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies might cover topics in politics, history, geography, economics and religion. Competency in Arabic, Persian or Hebrew may also be required.

Master's Degree Programs

An advanced study of the Arabic nations, including social, political and economic factors, can be found through a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies program. Proficiency in a European language, such as French, German, Russian or Italian is usually required for admission, as well as fluency in Turkish, Persian, Hebrew, Arabic or another Middle Eastern language. Areas of specialization may include international affairs, business, law, and health, which are examined within the context of the Middle East and its relations with other nations. You'll also have the chance to study the literaratures of the region in their original languages.

Doctoral Degree Programs

Middle Eastern studies at the doctoral level may be combined with a program in anthropology, art or history. A master's degree in Middle Eastern studies is usually required for admission. Along with an in-depth examination of specific Middle Eastern cultures, you might investigate Arab political thought and the economic issues of the Middle East. The history of the modern Middle East may be covered, along with Iranian and Turkish foreign relations and politics. Additional degree requirements usually include researching and defending a doctoral dissertation and oral and written exams.

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