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Middle East and Islamic World Studies

You will explore language, literature, politics and religion in an interdisciplinary course of study, choosing from courses as diverse as Islam and Modernity in South Asia and Principles of Geoscience: Geology of Human Events in North Africa and the Middle East.

Denisse Rodriguez Mota ’16
Denisse Rodriguez Mota ’16 with Visiting Instructor in Arabic Mireille Koukjian. 

A student in search of a challenge takes on Arabic

Already in possession of English and Spanish, Denisse Rodriguez Mota ’16 was in search of a third language as she started her career at Hamilton College. She wanted a challenge and decided Arabic would give her that. In her first class, the instructor warned it would, indeed, be a challenge. It turns out she wasn’t kidding, but Rodriguez Mota prevailed. She picked Middle Eastern/Islamic world studies as her minor. “I’m glad I put the time and effort into learning it because I feel like I can have a conversation in Arabic, not just a basic conversation, but an in-depth conversation,” she says.

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Redwan Saleh ’13
Redwan Saleh '13

A graduate’s progress: the path to law school

Redwan Saleh ’13, who majored in government and minored in Middle Eastern and Islamic world studies, works as a corporate legal assistant in a Manhattan law firm. Longer term, he plans to earn a law degree and work to promote civil rights nationally or internationally. His Hamilton College professors and his study abroad, he says, inspired his aspirations and passions.

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