Courses and Programs at OSU
The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at The Ohio State University promotes learner-centered teaching, scholarly exchange, and intercultural experience related to the Middle East. MESC combines efforts with Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), the Undergraduate International Studies Program (UISP), and the Middle East Studies Library Collection, to support students, faculty and staff. See: Ohio State University courses and programs in Middle East languages and cultures for a complete description of the available majors and minors, as well as selected graduate degree programs. Certain degrees cn be tailored to focus on the Middle East. Researching the faculty in different departments working on topics related to the Middle East may help you find the best fit. Browse these faculty members who offer courses with content related to the Middle East.
Courses and Programs Abroad
The Corona Virus emergency does not allow us to travel at this time. The following information is for future purposes only.
A number of Middle East-related study abroad courses and programs are offered by OSU when travel restrictions aren't in place (search by region, Middle East and North Africa). For students who do not require OSU credit (credit can be transferred as "K" credit), it is also possible to utilize a non-OSU program. The countries in the Middle East most frequently travelled to for study or research-related purposes by OSU students and faculty are Israel and Morocco; Tajikistan (a Central Asian county which is predominantly Persian-speaking) and the United Arab Emirates have also been fairly common. Countries under a State Department Travel warning are discouraged. See U.S. Department of State's website for further information.
- Internships: Being a part of the MESC engagement team. Minimum requirements include: commitment to weekly team meetings; and event support on occasional evenings and weekends. We facilitate students' learning by connecting them to resources such as Lynda.com to obtain technical skills, and include aspects of professional development in the weekly team meetings. Students who are able to make a ten-hour-per-week commitment will meet one-on-one with the Assistant director to get feedback on their performance. Students able to make a bigger commitment may take on projects in any of the following activities:
- Blog posts for the Center's "Breaking Down the Headlines" blog. Researching and composing blog posts, with engaging, properly-cited images. This is the primary responsibility of our Academic Intern.
- Video production. Footage captured at our events is transformed into an educational video, and posted on our YouTube channel.
- Image galleries. Images curated for educational purposes are displayed in web galleries.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) supports Title VI National Resource Center/Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) grants. MESC is not currently funded but we applied for funding in the coming grant cycle (2022-2026). Would you like to be considered for funding as part of a FLAS fellowship (should we receive the grant)? Please read the info sheet for graduate fellowships at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Info-G, or undergraduate fellowships at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Info-UG to consider what the fellowship would require of you. The online application is here: go.osu.edu/FLAS-Mideast. Questions? Contact us at https://mesc.osu.edu/FLAS-contact