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The graduate certificate allows students to examine the complex issues involved in understanding the Middle East and the broader Islamic world from a variety of perspectives. Students study both contemporary and historical developments in these regions; they take core courses in various disciplines, including political science, history, and religious studies, and have the opportunity to take elective courses in an even broader set of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, literature, and art history.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in Middle East and Islamic Studies, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-MEIS

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

Core Courses

MEIS 500Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies3
HIST 575Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History3
GOVT 632Politics and Societies of the Middle East3
RELI 644Islamic Texts and Contexts3
Total Credits12


Select two electives from the following:6
Regional Ethnography (when topic is Middle East and North Africa)
Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts (when topic is Middle Eastern or Islamic art)
Topics in Art History (when topic is Middle East or Islamic art)
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution
Conflict and Religion
Seminar in Global Culture (when topic is Middle East or Muslim world)
Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture
Special Topics (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
Special Topics (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
Issues in Regional Geography (when topic is Middle East)
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (when topic is the Middle East or a Muslim world region)
Islam and Politics
Problems in Middle Eastern History
Graduate Internship in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Directed Readings in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Special Topics in Religious Studies (when topic is Islam or Muslim communities)
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought
Islam and Human Rights
Islamic Biomedical Ethics
Total Credits6