For centuries, and still today, the Middle East and North Africa have been the site of major civilizations that have attracted attention from afar.

Bowdoin College’s initiative in Middle Eastern and North African studies oversees students’ interdisciplinary study of this region. Students minoring in Middle Eastern and North African studies take courses in a Middle Eastern language and in relevant courses in at least two other disciplines.

Middle Eastern and North African studies minors will improve their ability to analyze historic and current events in the region, and will understand how accurate, informed conclusions require both nuance and a recognition of complexity.

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