Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg
Director of Middle East Studies
Professor of Political Science
Office: (417) 873-6947

About the Middle East Studies Minor Program

Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary minor with courses in art, architecture, history, politics, religion, sociology and foreign languages.

The Middle East Studies minor complements the Global Studies curriculum,allowing students to integrate a broad global perspective with a more in-depth understanding of a crucially important region of the world. Study of the Middle East provides an exposure to a wide diversity of cultural, artistic, religious, political, economic, and social systems. As the birthplace of the three great monotheistic religions, the Middle East occupies a central place in the spiritual and historical development of human civilizations.

The study of the role of religious values, traditions and identities in contemporary life in the Middle East is a particular focus of the program. The persistence of conflict and violence in the region makes an understanding of the Middle East essential for a global citizen. A Middle East Studies minor prepares students for a range of careers including public service, international business, education, diplomacy, law, and non-profit work.