Middle East studies at Dickinson draws upon a broad-based liberal-arts curriculum to enable a sophisticated exploration of the region's history, diverse cultures and complex politics. 

The Middle East studies program at Dickinson offers a wide range of courses that explore the region’s historical and cultural roots and its role in global affairs today. Through the study of Arabic, Hebrew, history, political science, religion and sociology, students acquire robust understanding of the forces that shape the Middle East.

Middle East studies majors frequently study in the region during the junior year to further language proficiency and develop research projects. The program also includes a minor in Arabic, a language spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide and the official language of the 22 countries of the Arab League.

Contact Info


Magda Siekert Senior Lecturer in Middle East Studies

Department Coordinator

Madeline Brown






219B, Denny Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Department of State,
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • AmeriCares
  • Amideast
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Dev Technology Group
  • International SOS Assistance, Inc.
  • Peace Corps
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Graduate Schools:

  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute
  • Drexel University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Maryland Law School
  • Boston University
  • University of Maine
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Advantus Strategies
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • Naval History and Heritage Command
  • U.S. Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • U.S. Army War College, Center for Strategic Studies
  • U.S. Army War College, L2KM Division
  • United Nations Association of Rochester

Student Perspective

"When I started at Dickinson, I was sure that I would be an international studies major with a concentration on the Middle East. I realized that Middle East studies offered the specificity I wanted, and the security studies certificate was the perfect pairing. The curriculum flexibility in both programs has allowed me to study two languages, which was important to me."

- Grace Ingle ’20

Middle East Studies News

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

A panel of five Dickinson professors representing a variety of disciplines and national backgrounds will address worldwide environmental activism and protest movements in different countries.

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

As Grace Ingle ’20 sees it, “opportunities abound, but you have to step up and take them.” Find out how this Army War College intern who’s studied abroad twice has done just that at Dickinson.


Preparing for Life After Dickinson

Kathryn Flynn '18 prepares for her future through a summer research internship with the U.S. Army War College's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

No Passport Required

No Passport Required

International directors, writers, performing artists and scholars bring the world to campus and into the classroom.

Facing Anti-Muslim Hatred

Facing Anti-Muslim Hatred

Experts and activists will explore responses to anti-Muslim hatred during a panel discussion at Dickinson.

Full Speed Ahead!

Full Speed Ahead!

Track and field sprinter Marcus Robinson ’18 hopes to go the distance by using his Dickinson education to fight terrorism through cross-cultural understanding.