The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research and community outreach. The center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies – one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities and people. In collaboration with the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the center is a member of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Academic programs include:
- Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies
- Educating Librarians in the Middle East fellowship, through the UNC School of Information and Library Science
- Graduate program in Islamic studies via the Department of Religious Studies’ doctoral program
- Master of Arts in Romance languages with a concentration in Franco-Arab studies
- Asian Studies: Concentration in Arab Cultures
- Global Studies: Concentration in the Middle East
- Religious Studies: Concentration in Jewish Studies
Additional programs and outreach include:
- Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic Studies
- Library Resources
- Faculty Small Grants Program (course development, research travel, and language instruction training)
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards for the study of Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Persian, Turkish and Urdu
- Event Funding
- Outreach Resources for K-12 and community college teachers.