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Middle East Politics & Society (MEPS)

Faculty Coordinator: Ariel Ahram

The certificate focuses on the politics, society, and history of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, the Arabian Peninsula, and related borderlands and island groups, including emigrant and immigrant groups. It addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in the region, the impact of external interventions including colonialism, and the drivers of political and social change.


Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Middle East Politics and Society will be considered from students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree and Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School.