Dual M.A in Journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies

International Dual Degrees

The School of Journalism now offers five dual degrees in partnership with other units in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Two of these dual master’s degrees allow students to become proficient in journalism while specializing in a specific region of the world, either Latin America or the Middle East. The program – resulting in two separate master’s degrees – provides students with an intellectual foundation in regional studies, language, and advanced research techniques, and an opportunity to build on this foundation with applied field work.

Both dual degrees require a substantial amount of coursework in two graduate programs. Award-winning journalists with language competency and regional experience will be able to make crucial contributions to the understanding of current issues by the public and policymakers in those regions and the United States.

Journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies

The Journalism-Middle Eastern and North African Studies dual-degree program will provide students with the intellectual foundation in regional studies, language, and advanced research techniques that will prepare them to conduct academic or journalism fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa, from Morocco to Afghanistan. Middle Eastern and North African Studies, based in the same building as the School of Journalism, is a multi-disciplinary department focusing on the region known as the Near or Middle East, which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey. The program provides a full range of language courses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew (through Judaic Studies). In addition, several journalism faculty members have worked in the Middle East.

As with the stand-alone master’s degree, two options are offered. See Professional and International Journalism Studies for details.

Students in the Professional Option will be able to build from a foundation of language and regional understanding to produce authoritative multimedia reporting from and about the region. The goal of this option to is to enable students to become journalists who are well-trained in regional dynamics and will make crucial contributions to the understanding of contemporary issues and their impact on people and governments around the world.

Students in the International Journalism Studies Option will develop a deep understanding of the language, culture, and politics of the region, and of the principles, theories, and roles of news media operating in a global information environment. 

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