Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program

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.

Learn about the academic program

Department Contacts

Director: Noor Khan
Academic Department Coordinator: Julie Vair
Office: 315 Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7808

Calendar of Events

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.

Past Events