The Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) serves as the home department for Middle Eastern Studies at MSU. AMEC faculty work across the globe, including in the Middle East and Mediterranean region, and focus on both ancient and contemporary human communities. AMEC is located in the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, whose Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology houses an extensive collection of ancient artifacts from the Near East and Southeastern U.S. AMEC and the Cobb Institute have a particularly strong presence in Near Eastern and Mediterranean archaeology, with ongoing excavations in Israel, Albania, Cyprus, and Greece.
AMEC and the Middle Eastern Studies minor are part of MSU's College of Arts and Sciences. The College provides the scaffolding and support for MSU's interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies program and is committed to providing opportunities for MSU students to gain international experience, be it through coursework, research, or study abroad.
Mississippi State University is growing its connections to the Middle East through a range of new initiatives, including a partnership with Morocco's Université Internationale de Rabat, new study abroad opportunities, new course offerings, and the Middle Eastern Studies minor. Be on the lookout for events, talks, and research opportunities as our MES program continues to grow.