M.S. PROGRAM IN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (THESIS AND NON-THESIS)
The Middle East Studies Graduate Program aims to offer an interdisciplinary study especially in the fields such as History of the Middle East, Religion and Culture in the Middle East, Regional and International Affairs in the Middle East. The basic objective of the program is to educate the graduate students in issues regarding the Arab World, Turkey, Iran and North Africa, to train the researchers and area experts for both public and private sectors, universities, research centers, and archives and libraries, to conduct academic and scientific research, to organize conferences and to publish about the history and contemporary affairs of the region. The program also aims at increasing the academic cooperation between research centers in the Middle East and METU, and developing the national and international dialogue among the scholars working in the field of study.
The Middle East Studies Program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in any field of study owing to the interdisciplinary nature of the program. The applicants from humanities, social sciences and sciences have the same possibility of admission. The Search Committee, however, has the authority to ask the students to attend "scientific preparation" courses up to 18 credit hours to build up their knowledge in the field. The graduates of history, sociology, international relations, and political sciences may not be required to take preparatory courses.
Fields of Study :
History of the Middle East, Political Economy of the Middle East, Religion and Culture in the Middle East, Regional and International Affairs in the Middle East.
Akgün Karal, Seçil (METU/History): B.A., Ph.D., Ankara University.
Late Ottoman and Contemporary Turkish History
Aksit, Bahattin (METU/Sociology): B.A., METU; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago.
Rural Structural Transformations, Social Change and Cleavage in Towns and Cities, Sociology of Religion and Secularism, Sociology of Middle East
Aktüre, Sevgi (METU/City and Regional Planning): B.Arch., M.Arch., METU; M.Arch. and Urban Design, Washington University; Ph.D., Istanbul Technical Univeristy.
Urban History, Urban Morphology, Urban Design, City Planning
Altunışık, B. Meliha (METU/International Relations): B.A., Ankara University; M.A., METU; Ph.D., Boston University.
Politics of the Middle East, Turkey and the Middle East, The International Political Economy of Oil, Politics of Caspian Oil
Ayata, Ayse Günes (METU/Political Science and Public Administration): B.S., METU; Ph.D., University of Kent at Canterbury.
Turkish Politics, Political Parties, Gender and Ethnicity
Ayata, Sencer (METU/Sociology): B.A., METU; Ph.D., University of Kent.
Urban Culture, Industrialization, Poverty, Political Movements
Bakirer, Ömür (METU/Architecture): B.Arch., Ankara University; M.Arch., University of Chicago; Ph.D. Ankara University.
History of Art, History of Architecture, History of Architecture, Structural Types, Social and Cultural Meaning
Bölükbaşı, Süha (METU/International Relations): B.A., Ankara University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Various Aspects of Turkey's Foreign Policy; Relations with Greece, Cyprus, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. Central Asian Politics
Ceylan, Yasin (METU/Philosophy): B.A., Atatürk University; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh.
Philosophy of Religion
Dağı, İhsan D. (METU/ International Relations): B.A., Gazi University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Lancaster.
Human Rights in International Relations and Turkey-EU Relations, Refugees and Security, Democratization in Turkey, Islam and Politics in the Middle East, Revolution and Change in Iranian Politics, Welfare-Virtue Party in Turkey
Ertürk, Yakın (METU/Sociology): B.A., M.A., Hacettepe University; Ph.D. Cornell University.
Globalization and Population Movements, Identity Politics, Household Division of Labour, International Human Rights Regimes, Women and Development
İlhan, M. Mehdi (METU/History): B.A., Leeds University; Ph.D., Victoria Univ. of Manchaster.
İnam, Ahmet (METU/Philosophy): B.S., METU; Ph.D., Istanbul University.
Intercultural Dialogue, Philosophy of Mind
Özdalga, Elizabeth (METU/Sociology): B.A., Ph.D., University of Göteborg, Sweden.
Religion, Nation and Society in the Modern Middle East
Özveren, Eyüp (METU/Economics): B.S., METU; M.A., Ph.D., SUNY.
Türkeş, Mustafa (METU/ International Relations): B.A., Hacettepe University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Manchaster.
Political Developments in East-Central Europe between the Two World Wars, the Destruction of Yugoslavia, Turkish Foreign Policy, Security Issues in East-Central Europe, NATO Enlargement, PFP, WEU, Central European Initiative, Visegrad States, Europe Agreements, Political and Ideological Tendencies in Turkey, The Kadro Movement, Kemalizm
Yeğenoğlu, Meyda (METU/Sociology): B.A., M.A., METU; M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
Postcolonial Theory, Cultural Studies, Contemporary Social Theory, Feminist Theory, Globalization
Peker, Ali Uzay (METU/Architecture): B.A., Istanbul University; M.A., Bogaziçi University; Ph.D., Istanbul Technical University.
Early Islamic, Seljukid and Ottoman Art and Architecture, Occidentalist Tendencies in the Eighteenth Century Ottoman Architecture, Orientalist Art and Architecture, Iconography and Symbolism in Islamic Architecture, Cosmology (ancient and medieval) in Asia
Saktanber, Ayşe (METU/Sociology): B.A., M.A., Ph.D., METU.
Cultural Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Media Studies, Islam in Middle Eastern Studies, Islam, Culture and Politics in Turkey
Soykut, Mustafa (METU/History): B.A., M.A., Bilkent University; Ph.D., Hamburg University.
Medieval European History & Indian Culture
Tayfur, Fatih (METU/International Relations): B.S., M.S., METU; Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science.
Greek Politics; Economics and Foreign Policy in the 1990s, Decision-Making Mechanisms and Processes in Turkish Foreign Policy, Democratic Development and Foreign Policy of Spain in the 1990s, Political-Economy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Europeanization and Democratization in Turkey; Greece and Spain
Turan, Ömer (METU/History): B.A., Ankara University; M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of Leuven.
Yurdusev, Nuri (METU/ International Relations): B.S., M.S., METU; Ph.D., University of Leicester.
Theory and History of IR, British School, Philosophy of History, European Identity and Turkish Identity, Civilizationas
Boztemur, Recep (METU/History) Chairperson: B.A., Ankara University, M.S., METU; Ph.D., University of Utah.
Middle Eastern and World History
Erdemir, Aykan (METU/Sociology): B.A., Bilkent University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University.
Alevis, Iran, Faith-Based Collective Action, Political Anthropology
Hoşgör, A. Gündüz (METU/Sociology): B.A., M.A., METU; Ph.D., University of Western Ontario.
Sociology of Development, Gender Issues, Social Stratification and Mobility, Methodology of Social Research Techniques, Application of Statistics in Social Sciences
Tür, Özlem (METU/International Relations): B.S., M.S., METU; Ph.D., University of Durham.
Islamist Movements, Political Economy of Water
Yıldırım, Onur: B.S., METU; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton and Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University.
Economic History, Ottoman Social and Economic History, Comparative History of Civilizations, Turkish-Greek History and Historiography
Şen, Mustafa (METU/Sociology): B.A., Ankara University; M.S., Ph.D., METU.
Sociology of Transition to Free Market Economy, Contemporary Central Asia, Sociology of Religion, Rural and Urban Sociology
MES 501 History of Modern Middle East
MES 502 Contemporary Affairs in the Middle East
MES 503 Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
SOC 522 Sociology of the Middle East
MES 550 Seminar in Middle East Studies NC
MES 589 Term Project NC
MES 599 Masters Thesis NC
MES 800-899 Special Studies NC
Middle East Language (Requirement: Either one of Arabic, Hebrew or Persian; and Turkish for Foreign Students) NC
At least two of the elective courses in the thesis option (at least three in the non-thesis option) must be taken from the following list:
HIST 441 Islam in the Contemporary World
HIST 504 Ottoman and Turkish History
HIST 513 Social and Economic History of the Middle East,1800-1920
HIST 514 History of Middle Eastern Nation-States: 1920-1990
HIST 527 History of Middle Eastern Beliefs I
HIST 528 History of Middle Eastern Beliefs II
HIST 531 Emergence of Ottoman Modernization I
HIST 532 Emergence of Ottoman Modernization II
IR 407 Middle East in International Affairs
IR 508 Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy
IR 534 Political Economy of International Oil
IR 536 Radical Politics in the Middle East
SOC 503 Problems in Studying Women in Muslim Societies
SOC 527 Society and Culture in Iran
SOC 540 Class and Ethnic Relations in the Middle East
SOC 550 Middle East Women, Feminism and Orientalism
SOC 660 Sociology, History and Religion
The two-semester language courses (to be registered as NC) might be taken from the following list depending on the student's field of study and the approval of the graduate advisor:
HIST 107/507 Ottoman Turkish I
HIST 108/508 Ottoman Turkish II
HIST 305 Advanced Ottoman Paleography and Diplomatics I
HIST 306 Advanced Ottoman Paleography and Diplomatics II
ARAB 201 Beginning Arabic I
ARAB 202 Beginning Arabic II
ARAB 203 Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 204 Intermediate Arabic II
HIST 262 Historical Readings in Persian I-II