Middle Eastern & African Studies
Explore contemporary issues in the Middle East and Africa through community-based activities. Study this area’s history from the age of medieval and early modern empires through to the legacies of European colonial rule. Conduct cultural expositions and explore topics in Middle East and African literature, film and music. Develop interdisciplinary research interests and participate in ongoing faculty research projects. Expand your classroom learning by studying abroad at the University of Ghana, Accra, the University of Natal, Durban or the Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara. Or participate in special summer programs such as West African Music, Dance, Language, and Culture and enjoy Ghana’s famous hospitality while learning ‘hands-on’ drumming and other percussion skills.
In the Middle Eastern & African Studies (MEAS) program, life in the Middle East and Africa is examined from cultural, historical, political and religious perspectives. Whether you want to learn Arabic, Persian or Swahili, delve into Islamic politics or religion, or study cultures and societies in Africa’s many diverse regions, MEAS offers a comprehensive look at a complex and increasingly important part of our world. We incorporate courses from a wide range of disciplines and faculties that deal with the geographical regions of this area. And we address issues relevant to their peoples both historically and in a contemporary context.
MEAS courses help students appreciate the advantages of inter- and multi-disciplinary work, and illuminate the value of studying these two regions together. We also encourage linkages across faculties and between universities, in Canada and abroad. MEAS encompasses a diversity of students and faculty working, learning and enjoying together. MEAS offers major, minor and certificate programs. Beginning in the fall of 2007, the Area of Special Interest Certificate will be included on convocation transcripts. And an Honors degree will be offered for the first time. This is definitely the time to become involved with MEAS!
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
1-22 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5
Tel: (780) 492-9557