Develop a nuanced understanding of the Middle East, informed by study of its Islamic and related traditions.
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MIST) Program students immerse themselves in the history, culture, and politics of the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and the rest of the Islamic world.
Through historical and cultural analysis, students explore the development of Islamic societies in multiple regions.
The program offers a major or minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, including four years of Modern Standard Arabic and multiple study-abroad opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.
Graduates go on to careers in NGOs, military intelligence, government agencies, educational non-profits, media, journalism, humanitarian organizations, and various graduate programs.
Events & Lectures
The Mist Department sponsors lectures and events throughout the academic year to enrich students' understanding and complement the classroom learning. Semester Open Houses provide students with the opportunity to meet with Faculty and enjoy a variety of middle eastern cuisine. In addition, many of our students belong to campus clubs such as the Colgate Muslim Student Association and Colgate Model Arab League that also run programs and events throughout the year.
- Exposing War Crimes in Syria and the Connection to the Ukraine Crisis View Recording
Members from The Syrian Emergency Task Force visited the campus in the fall and participated in a Public Lecture as well as dinner with the Model Arab League Club and some individual classes.
- James Hoesterey Lecture Faith in Diplomacy: Soft Power and the Making of "Moderate Islam" in Indonesia
Jim Hoesterey, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Emory University, offered a Public lecture and visits with individual classes.
- "Livability under Siege: Infrastructure's Everyday Worlds"
PCON Lecture Series a presentation on "Livability under Siege: Infrastructure's Everyday Worlds."
- Israel and the Middle East 2021 - The New Geopolitical Equation
Discussion with Uzi Rabi, Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies; Senior Researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University.