Get your B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies

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About the Major

Explore an area of the world that is constantly in the news, yet remains a mystery to many people. By learning about the history, culture, politics, and languages of the Middle East and North Africa, you will gain insight into a part of the world that nearly half a billion people call home.

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Focus on the history, cultures, and literature of the Middle East and North Africa

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Explore the religion, politics, and geography of the region

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Learn Arabic, Persian, Turkish or Hebrew

Do you want to gain an in-depth understanding of the history, culture, and languages of the Middle East and North Africa? Explore what it means to be a MENAS major at the University of Arizona and how this degree can prepare you for a variety of careers.


You will be prepared for a variety of fields, from government service to international business to nonprofit management.

  • Interpreter
  • Intelligence officer
  • Foreign language teacher
  • Cultural advisor
  • International business
  • Nonprofit director


Sample courses include:

  • Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish
  • MENA 277A: History of Modern Middle East
  • MENA 224: Islamic Thought
  • MENA 311E: Geography of the Middle East
  • MENA 350: Key Novels of the Middle East and North Africa
  • MENA 441: Arab-Israeli Conflict

Ready to learn more?

Get in touch with an SBS advisor:

Allison Ewing-Cooper

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