DUKE-UNC GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN
MIDDLE EAST STUDIES
Click here for information about the Spring 2011 Graduate Workshop.
The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim
Civilizations and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center are
pleased to announce a new joint Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle
East Studies, beginning in Fall 2010. This graduate certificate is
sponsored by the Department of
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke and the Department of Religious Studies at
students in all
departments and schools at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to
enroll in the program.
The Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies trains
students for interdisciplinary research in Middle East studies, in
conjunction with the disciplinary training in their home departments.
It involves six components:
1. A core course in
Middle East studies, to be co-taught each fall by faculty from Duke and
2. Three additional courses, one of which must be outside the student's
home department or school. One of these courses may be an advanced
class in a Middle East language. One of these courses may be
double-counted toward the student's primary degree requirements.
3. A biweekly non-credit workshop, to be co-led each spring by faculty
from Duke and UNC, in which students will develop and present their
proposals for masters or doctoral research.
4. A thesis, dissertation chapter, or equivalent research paper, on a
topic in Middle East studies. Theses written for the student's primary
degree requirements are welcome.
5. Relevant language skills, international experience, or training.
Language competence in a Middle Eastern language may be demonstrated by
taking an advanced language class or by using primary language texts in
the major research project. International experience and training
should include extended research, fieldwork, or study in a Middle
To apply for admission to the graduate certificate program, please
submit the following materials to the Center's associate director:
1. An initial letter
of interest indicating your home department, current degree program,
primary adviser, and anticipated year of graduation. (In place of this
letter, an application form will be posted soon.)
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. A brief letter of endorsement from your primary faculty adviser.
4. A plan for the completion of each of the certificate requirements,
generated in consultation with a Middle East studies faculty member at
Duke or UNC.
The theme of this year's inaugural workshop is "professionalization." The workshop, led jointly by miriam cooke (Duke) and Charles Kurzman (UNC), will meet every other Friday morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., alternating between classrooms near the Robertson Shuttle stops at Duke and UNC. Subjects to be addressed will include how to present papers at conferences, how to craft literature reviews, how to prepare and submit articles for publication, how to prepare book proposals, how to speak to the media, and how to write research and grant proposals. Students and faculty will be given the opportunity to present drafts of papers and thesis proposals.
Spring 2011 Graduate Workshop
The workshop is not a for-credit course. However, UNC and Duke students
who are interested in participating are requested to register for
Professor Kurzman's 1 credit-hour course at UNC, SOCI 950.004 -- this
course listing allows the workshop to use campus classroom space.
Registration in the Graduate Certificate program is not required for
participation in the workshop, but students who are interested in the
certificate should consult the procedures at:
UNC graduate students:
Duke graduate students:
Spring 2011 Middle East Research Workshop schedule (9:30-11:30 a.m.):
Friday, Jan. 14: Multicultural Center Resource Room, Bryan Center, Duke
Friday, Jan. 28: 100 Howell Hall, UNC
Friday, Feb. 11: Multicultural Center Resource Room, Bryan Center, Duke
Friday, Feb. 18: 100 Howell Hall, UNC
Friday, Mar. 4: Room 118, Perkins Library, Duke
Friday, Mar. 18: 100 Howell Hall, UNC
Friday, Apr. 1: Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke
Friday, Apr. 15: 100 Howell Hall, UNC