The interdisciplinary Master's in Middle Eastern Studies program prepares students for diverse careers through intensive language study and a flexible curriculum. Learn more

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

University of Chicago Campus

A wide selection of Middle Eastern studies courses are available from University departments, divisions, and schools in winter 2016. Learn more

Winter 2016 Course List

Join us for this important panel discussion with Mohamed Abdel-Kader and Bill Granara on the future of federal support for international education programs; October 29 at 4:30pm in the Swift Hall Common Room.

Future of Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs)

Co-organized by CMES Director Hakan Karateke, this symposium will explore the status of foreigners and members of marginalized subcultures in the Ottoman era. Learn more

Xenophobia and Alterophobia in the Ottoman Empire, October 22-23

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies marks its 50th anniversary in 2015-2016. Join us for special programming throughout the year to celebrate our legacy as a national leader in Middle Eastern studies.

CMES Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Welcome to CMES

Welcome to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago. As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports research, teaching, and outreach across a wide range of disciplines. CMES administers the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, a dynamic interdisciplinary degree whose alumni span diverse fields from academia to government service. Through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, the Center works to maintain the University of Chicago's singular reputation as a leader in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Regular conferences and lectures present cutting-edge research on Middle Eastern history, society, and culture. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) works with K-12 institutions, community colleges, business, media, and government to share campus expertise with the wider public.

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Winter 2016 Course Listing

Click below to see our course listing for the upcoming Winter Quarter!

Winter 2016 Course Descriptions.pdf

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CMES Orientation Week: Sept. 21-25, 2015

Schedule of Events and Sessions
Monday, September 21

10:00 AM:      Director’s breakfast reception for incoming CMES students, CMES Lounge, Pick 2052:00 PM:      Writing workshop for incoming CMES students led by preceptor Monica Phillips, Pick 218

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Autumn Quarter 2015 Course Listing

The listing for CMES courses or courses related to to the Middl East are now available! Please click the link below.

Course Listing 2.xlsx.pdf

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American Research Institute in Turkey


The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2016-2017 fellowship programs for U.S.-based students and scholars: 

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships 2016-2017


Information session: Tuesday, May 12 from 12:30-1:45 PM in Regenstein Library, Room A-11 (Lower Level)


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