Middle Eastern Studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies provides a comprehensive understanding of Middle Eastern societies, languages, cultures, tenets, religion, history, literature, politics, and challenges. This online bachelor’s degree is useful for business executives, journalists, government contractors, military service members, political analysts, or other professions requiring an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • International and comparative politics
  • Political geography and economics
  • Middle East cultures, religions, and societies
  • Political systems, policies, and the global politics of Islam
  • Middle Eastern government, security, and political economy
  • The Arabic language
  • Middle Eastern history and the history of Iraq
  • Arab-Israeli relationships and conflicts
  • Politics and security in the Persian Gulf

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Compare the concepts and theories of comparative analysis of different political regimes and economic markets.
  • Explain the role of international and transnational organizations in both a global and regional setting.
  • Compare and contrast the political, economic, social and military components of national and regional power.
  • Evaluate the role of civilization in relationships among nations.
  • Evaluate the historical conquests of the region and analyze the colonized peoples’ experiences and world views.
  • Determine how conflict and shifting alliances shaped the development of the region.
  • Understand the political, economic, security, diplomatic, and social challenges facing Middle Eastern countries individually and as a region.
  • Compare and contrast the history, essential tenets, and central practices of different cultures within the Middle East.
  • Evaluate how the Islamic faith impacts all aspects of the lives of Muslims.
  • Characterize the sociological, political, and religious ideologies that influence the literature of the region.
  • Distinguish between Islam as a religion and Islamic culture and history.
  • Evaluate the motivations of competing Arab-Israeli forces in defense of their respective positions in the ongoing dialogue and confrontation.
  • Assess the arguments on both sides of the foundational issues.
  • Consider other issues in the context of the wider regional influences that bear upon the future of the Israelis and Arabs in Israel (the West Bank and Gaza).

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.