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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 UNC. Graduate 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 UNC.

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 Eastern country. 

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.

Spring 2011 Graduate Workshop

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.

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 UNC Home  |  College of Arts & Sciences  |  UNC Global  |  Directories  |  Search UNC