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The Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies will offer an interdisciplinary core course, language study, and a selection of courses related to the Middle East.

The Certificate will require twenty-seven (27) credits in courses for a Certificate of Completion and thirty-six (36) credits for a Certificate of Proficiency. Courses are available both onsite and online. The courses include one core course, two Critical Language courses (Arabic or Modern Hebrew), and courses in History, Social Science, Literature, and the Arts.

The Certificate may be used:

  • Towards an Associate’s Degree in Global Studies, General Studies with a Concentration in Humanities, or Liberal Arts.
  • To enhance your credentials for jobs that require an understanding of the Middle East
  • As a stepping stone to Bachelor’s degree programs in global studies or related disciplines, such as international business, international studies, political science, and history.

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For Additional Information

Dr. Maysa Hayward, AVP of International Programs – Academic
Ocean County College
Toms River, New Jersey 08754
Office Location: R219 – Russell
732.255.0400 Ext 2176

Dr. Howaida Wahby-Eraky, Elearning
Ocean County College
Toms River, New Jersey 08754
Office Location: R218 – Russell
732.255.0400 Ext 2454

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES – Certificate of Proficiency–TOTAL CREDITS 37 cr.

The Middle Eastern Studies Certificate of Proficiency allows students to complete the Certificate by selecting courses from a range of offerings based on their interest and transfer needs.  These courses prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate programs with majors in global studies, international politics, international business, foreign relations, and other related fields.  The following template of course selections for the first three semesters is intended as an example of courses that might be taken to achieve the Certificate of Proficiency while simultaneously fulfilling many of the requirements for the AA degree.

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Study Abroad/Internship

Given the importance of the Arab world and North Africa these days, we need to provide our students with an introduction to the Middle East North African region through a program that allows them to learn about a culture and be immersed in the culture experience first-hand. The opportunity to hear a language daily will help students who enter the course with some classroom experience in Arabic and will encourage and build the confidence of those for whom Arabic is a new experience. During the Summer Sessions, OCC offers various Study Abroad opportunities. For more information, visit the Study Abroad webpage.


The Middle Eastern Studies Institute received an IFLE/ UISFL grant that partially sponsors study abroad expenses. All accepted applicants are automatic candidates for this scholarship.

For information on registration and application, contact Maysa Hayward 732-255-0400 Ext# 2176

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