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 (Apply by January 5, 2015)

Courses listings for winter 2015 with Middle Eastern studies content are now available. Access Course List

Winter 2015 Middle Eastern Studies Courses

CMES welcomes Professor Ali Banuaziz for the 2014-2015 Othman Lecture on January 21, 2015. His talk is entitled: "Iranian Intellectuals and the Islamic Revolution--Then and Now" Learn more

2014-2015 Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture

Thanks to everyone who attended the CMES reception at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Keep in touch

CMES Alumni Reception at MESA

CMES benefits from its location in one of America's great metropolitan areas. We actively parnter with schools, universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations, cultural groups, and government. Learn more

The Middle East in Chicago

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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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2015-2016

Application Deadline: Friday, February 6 at 5p.m.

FLAS Fellowships are awards for graduate students concentrating in modern foreign language and international or area studies. In 2015-2016, the UChicago is offering fellowships in five world areas: East Asia, East Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and South Asia (academic year only). The FLAS program provides funding for study on campus during the academic year and on campus or elsewhere (domestically or abroad) during the summer.

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NEW! CMES now offers dual degree MA for University of Chicago College Students

To all students interested in BA/MA Dual Degree in Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES): Please come to the information session on December 3, noon at CMES Lounge, Pick Hall 2nd floor, to learn about: • What CMES is and what it does, • Details of the newly created dual BA/MA degree in “ancient” and "modern" tracks in 5 years, • Requirements for applying to the program in your junior year, • CMES programs and curriculum, • Possible scholarships available for the 5th year.

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CMES Awarded Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants

Dear CMES Community:

We are pleased to announce that CMES was successful in the recent U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant competitions for 2014-2018.  Thank you to everyone who played a role in the grant writing process. 

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ARIT Research Fellowship Programs 2015-2016

ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2015-2016.  ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.

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