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The Middle Eastern studies major is an interdisciplinary degree with a regional concentration on the Middle East, combining study of a Middle Eastern language with a survey of courses in history, social sciences, and the arts. The degree is intended primarily for those preparing for a career in business, communication, government, information studies, law, the military, or community college teaching.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a Middle Eastern studies major must first meet with a Middle Eastern studies advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Middle Eastern studies degree plan to see all required courses for the Middle Eastern studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Middle Eastern studies course descriptions.


There are no specializations within the Middle Eastern studies major, but there are many aspects of the field that students can explore in more depth. Students are required to complete the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Middle Eastern studies students are curious about the politics, culture, history, and social constructs of this diverse region. Students in this major wish to engage in academic and career-related pursuits related to the Middle East and typically plan to study or travel abroad.


The Middle Eastern studies major, as with most Liberal Arts majors, develops students' critical thinking, writing, and research skills as they take an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the diverse region of the Middle East. Middle Eastern studies majors will become proficient in a related foreign language of their choosing: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. This major provides students with a strong set of transferrable skills and a knowledge of the politics, history, and culture of the Middle East that is applicable to a number of different career fields and/or graduate study.