Dept Banner
Dept Banner
MES UN Apr 2016 group
MESP Honors Class
MES UN Apr 2016 group

Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque wall and ceiling; Photo by Phillip Maiwald (Nikopol)The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) is an interdisciplinary center composed of faculty drawn from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

CMES hosts public events throughout the academic year that foster academic and cultural engagement with issues relevant to the study of the Middle East region and its peoples. The center is also home to the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP), which offers an undergraduate major and minor, through which students are able to study with faculty experts in many different disciplines.

The Center was originally established in the 1970s as a Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures Program. In cooperation with the Department of Africana Studies, it introduced the teaching of Arabic, enabling students to take Arabic for the first time at Rutgers, in addition to the Hebrew language and literature courses already being offered by the Hebraic Studies Department (today Jewish Studies).

The program was changed into a Middle Eastern Studies Program in the mid-1980s, when a program of study including a major and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies was also defined and offered to the University's undergraduate students. It was transformed into its present form as the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in 2002. Today, in addition to Persian and Arabic, students can take classes in Hebrew and Turkish. Rutgers students have a choice of over 70 different courses offered regularly through the Center.


No events


Les arches de Tinmel (by Alexandre COILIER for


Tajines in a pottery shop in Morocco, Jafri Ali, 11 June 2014,

One Student's Journey

Yasin Bennane

Study Abroad

Spices in Marrakech, Morocco by Miquel C. from Sant Boi, Catalunya


Volunteer works with students at International Rescue Committee


Mohammed Ali Mosque By Mstyslav Chernov

Contact Us

Lucy Stone Hall, Rooms B316
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854

P  (848) 445-8444/5
F  (848) 445-8446